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Galway TD calls for audit of mental health service deaths

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A Galway East TD is calling for a full audit of all deaths in Mental Health Services.
Fianna Fail Deputy Colm Keaveney says that a recent report shows that just 25 percent of deaths at state mental health facilities follow statutory reporting guidelines.
He says that the state is badly failing people with mental health problems – and that sanctions need to be introduced for health care staff that do not follow their statutory obligations.
Deputy Keaveney says that suicide is one of the biggest public health crisis’s facing the country – yet deaths in mental health services are not being investigated.

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Minister hopeful for update on Oranmore orthodontist by end of week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister Anne Rabbitte is hopeful there will be an update by the end of the week for patients of an Oranmore orthodontist who has ceased services.

The Minister says the Department of Health are actively involved, and trying to engage in finding a “positive solution”.

It’s after patients of Dr. Anne Hahessy were informed that she’s currently not practicising and is in hospital – and will not be in a position to return to return to practice for approximately 9 months.

The Dental Council of Ireland confirmed that in an order of the High Court, Dr. Hahessy undertook not to engage in the practice of dentistry until steps are taken by the Dental Council.

Speaking to Sally-Ann Barrett, Minister Rabbitte said the Dental Council of Ireland need to issue a strong statement.

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Just two fines for dog fouling issued across Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just two fines for dog fouling were issued across Galway City and County last year.

The Irish Times reports both fines came from Galway County Council – which means no fines were issued in the city at all.

According to the paper, there were 11 local authorities nationwide last year who failed to issue any fines.

But Kerry County Council managed to dramatically increased fines from zero in 2020 to 31 last year.

Local Councillor Jackie Healy-Rae, says dog owners in Kerry have also taken responsibility.

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Push for greater supports to enable Ukrainians in Galway to enter workforce

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s a call for greater supports to enable Ukrainians who have arrived in Galway to enter the workforce.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor Niall McNelis and Minister Anne Rabbitte said there are currently a number of barriers in place.

They praised the work of a support hub set up in the community centre in Westside, acting as a centralised source to support Ukrainian residents.

Minister Rabbitte said one particular issue is difficulties in obtaining a safe pass to allow Ukranian residents to work in the construction sector.

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