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Galway Gardaí warn motorists over clamp down on drink driving ahead of bank holiday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardaí say there will be an increased number of mandatory alcohol checkpoints both morning and night this bank holiday weekend.

105 people were arrested in the western garda division last month – with 45 of this number arrested in the Galway region.

Gardaí are advising that its members will also be out in force to tackle high-risk behaviours such as the non-use of seatbelts

Nationally, Galway has the fourth highest number of offences for failing to wear a safety belt, behind Dublin, Cork and Wexford.

An analysis of road fatality statistics shows that nationally almost 1 in 5 vehicle occupants killed last year were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Huge crowds are expected to travel to venues across the city and county this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.

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Portiuncula Hospital appoints Bereavement Support Midwife

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has appointed Leanne Norton as a Beravement Support Midwife for the hospital.

Ms Norton has previously dealt with bereavement through midwifery experience gained in The Rotunda Hospital in Dublin and Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar.

The role will see her care for, and support, women, and families dealing with loss of pregnancy, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Leanne said she feels privileged to take on the role, and to provide compassionate, individualised, and culturally sensitive support to patients and their families.

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Works on Athenry sewer network worth €13m to begin in March

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to provide an upgrade to the sewer network in Athenry are to begin in March.

The €13m scheme will reduce the risk of sewer flooding and address the discharge of non-compliant sewer overflows in the River Clarin.

The project is to be carried out by Coffey Construction and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

Eunan Canavan, Wastewater Regional Delivery Lead, explains how this could lead to population growth in the town,

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Teddy Bear Hospital at University of Galway wraps up after busy two days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Teddy Bear Hospital wrapped up today at the University of Galway after a busy two days.

Children from schools across Galway, from the city to Tuam, Mountbellew and beyond, brought their teddies to the hospital.

The university’s Sláinte Society set up pharmacy, X-ray and surgery stations at the Bailey Allen Hall on campus.

The aim of the event is to familiarise children with a hospital environment to reduce their fear of it.

Pupils explained to our reporters Sarah Slevin and Rachel Timoney why their teddies were attending the hospital today:

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