Galway Bay fm newsroom – Nurses and midwives across the city and county have taken to the picket line for their third day of strike action today.
Demonstrations were held at a number of locations including UHG, Merlin Park Hospital, Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe, Brackernagh Health Centre Ballinasloe and Shantalla Health Centre.
It’s in a dispute over pay and staffing.
INMO nurses nationwide are demanding a 12 per cent pay increase to bring them in line with other graduate health professionals.
Thousands of medical appointments have been cancelled with the HSE warning it will become more difficult to reschedule patients if the action continues.
Health Minister Simon Harris says discussions need to start as soon as possible. For more on this story tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
FYI Dáil hears of significant gaps in youth mental health services in Galway
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Dáil has heard of significant gaps in youth mental health services being offered in Galway.
Contributing to a debate on services nationwide, Deputy Mairead Farrell said the lack of out-of-hours services is a particular local concern.
She cited a recent survey conducted among young people across the county, many of whom have directly accessed services.
Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell also pointed out that Galway has the highest waiting times in the state for an appointment with youth mental health service Jigsaw.
Dublin, Cork and Galway record highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads
From Galway Bay Fm newsroom- Dublin, Cork and Galway had the highest number of serious injuries on Irish roads in the three year period up to 2020
That’s according to a new study from the Road Safety Authority, examining traffic collisions from 2017 to 2020.
There were 9 serious injuries for every fatality on Irish roads, over a four year period.
Meanwhile, EU research revealed that one third of serious injury victims suffered lifelong disabilities.
Galway TD concerned poor quality of Eir network impacting National Broadband Plan
From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway TD has expressed concerns in the Dáil over how the quality of the Eir network could be impacting on the roll-out of the National Broadband Plan.
Galway East Deputy Sean Canney was contributing to a debate on the seven year plan, which is currently well behind schedule.
He said for many people, the pandemic has made clear the urgent need for reliable, high-speed connectivity for both home and work purposes.
Speaking in response, Minister Ossian Smyth admitted that in some areas, the quality of the Eir network falls short of what had been expected.