Galway Senator says Seanad poll suggests shift in attitude
Galway bay fm newsroom – A Galway Senator says he believes public opinion is shifting in relation to the Seanad.
According to a new opinion poll, 49 per cent of voters say they’re in support of abolishing the upper house.
Those in favour tend to reside in the Connaught-Ulster regions, while Dublin is split 50/50 for and against.
However, the survey by Red C for Paddy Power found 36 per cent are in favour of keeping the Seanad, while 15 per cent say they don’t know.
The percentage of those who say they’ll vote for abolition is down by 3 per cent on a poll in June.
Independent Senator Ronan Mullen says this poll suggests a change in attitude towards the upper house of the Oireachtas
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.
UHG third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during March
Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country this month, with more than a thousand patients without a bed.
The INMO says nationally, overcrowding records were broken once again for the month of March.
Almost 13,000 admitted patients were treated on trolleys this month, and over 440 of those were children.
The INMO says this was the worst March since it began counting in 2006, and overcowding levels cannot be allowed continue.
At UHG, 1,048 patients were without a bed, with a further 207 patients at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
The worst figure was recorded at University Hospital Limerick, where more than 2 thousand patients were waiting on trolleys.
Green light for Galway’s first Wetherspoons at Eglinton Street
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for Galway’s first Wetherspoons pub at Eglinton Street in the city.
The project will involve the transformation of the former Carbon Nightclub premises.
Wetherspoons bought the property in 2019, but COVID-19 saw the plans shelved for several years.
Planning permission was finally sought last summer for the multi-million euro plan, which has now been approved by city planners.
“The Three Red Sails” will be a two-storey bar and restaurant with a rooftop terrace – and Galway’s student population have been identified as the main target market.
The latest the bar would open would be 12.30am on Friday and Saturday, with earlier closing times Sunday through Thursday.
A number of local submissions were lodged – including a local business that took issue with some elements of the plan, but ultimately wished them well.
There were also submissions from local residents living near the premises, who raised concerns around noise pollution and anti-social behavior.
In the end, city planners have cleared the way for Wetherspoons to set up their first premises in Galway – with 23 conditions attached to the approval.