Date Published: 12-Feb-2008
Hospitals in Galway are being hit by bed and unit closures amid a storm of controversy.
Talks are to take place at the Labour Relations Commission this week in relation to some nurses at St. Brigid’s hospital in Ballinasloe being suspended without pay.
The nurses at the acute admissions therapy unit at St. Brigid’s were told last week that they would be re-deployed to other areas of the hospital.
This was due to the fact that the HSE closed down the two therapy units and aims to provide therapy services in the wards.
Noreen Kenny has worked as a nurse at St. Brigid’s hospital for 34 years and turned up for work today in the acute admissions unit.
She and another colleague have been suspended without pay because they have not abided by management directives to be re-assigned.
A spokesperson for the Health Service Executive has confirmed to Galway Bay Fm News that the matter has been referred to the LRC.
Meanwhile, four beds have been closed at St. Pious ward at University Hospital Galway.
The HSE says the temporary bed closures are due to staffing issues.
The beds will be closed until additional nursing staff are recruited.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.