Galway maternity units staffing levels fall short of recommended standard
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a shortage of 32 midwives at UHG and a further 16 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
The figures are revealed in a a survey led by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation which finds that no maternity unit has the internationally recommended midwife to birth ratio.
The report examines the 19 maternity units nationwide.
It finds that there is one midwife at UHG to every 41 births and one at Portiuncula maternity unit to every 38 births.
The internationally recommended ratio is for one midwife for every 29.5 births.
Farrell says eviction ban lift will be “judged harshest” of Government’s bad housing policies
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell claims the lifting of the eviction ban will be judged the harshest of all the Government’s bad housing policies.
She told the Dáil it stands head and shoulders above all the terrible housing decisions this and the previous Government have made over the past decade.
She told Housing Minister Daragh O’ Brien that the real sticking point is that this decision was made in the full knowledge of the chaos it will cause.
258 people now listed as homeless across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of homeless people in emergency accommodation has increased by almost 24 per cent in a year.
There are now almost 11,800 people homeless, including 258 people in County Galway.
According to the latest figures from the Department of Housing 11,742 people, including 3,373 children, now find themselves homeless.
It’s an increase of almost 24 per cent on the same month for last year.
The data, for the week of February 20th-26th, show there were 8,369 adults in emergency accommodation, an increase of 23 per cent on the figure for February last year.
In Dublin, there are 8,588 people, including 2,576 children, living in homelessness.
Meanwhile this month’s figures, when compared to January, remain relatively unchanged.
Man missing from Loughrea located safe and well
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man missing from Loughrea since earlier this week has been found safe and well.
25 year old Shane Walsh was last seen in Portumna on Wednesday 29th March, prompting a Garda appeal.
Gardaí have now confirmed he’s been located safe and well.