Date Published: 12-Apr-2012
Sick leave at Galway public hospitals is above the national average.
More than five per cent of staff at Galway University hospital and Merlin Park hospital took sick leave in the first two months of the year.
That’s compared to a national average of three point five per cent.
Out of a total workforce of three thousand, and ninety four, 164 staff of Galway University hospital and Merlin Park hospital were on sick leave in January, and 152 in February.
City Councillor Padraig Conneely, who is Chairperson of the HSE Regional Forum has described the figures as ‘alarming’.
He’s asking the Galway hospitals to stipulate how many of the sick days were taken on Fridays or Mondays, and suggests some hospital staff may ring in sick to extend their weekend.
He says the culture of ringing in sick is higher in Galway than the national average, and needs to be stopped
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.