Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Fianna Fail TD Colm Keaveney has raised concerns that the transfer of five beds from Ballinasloe acute psychiatric unit to the unit in UHG is not licenced.
Deputy Keaveney has raised the restructuring plans with the Mental Health Commission and says the decision has not been authorised through the appropropriate channels.
The gradual wind-down began last month with the transfer of five beds to the acute unit in UHG.
The overall reconfiguration involves three phases which will eventually see 50 such beds in UHG and 22 in Roscommon.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, the Commission says it requires all registered proprietors of approved centres to notify them of any changes to bed numbers.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Deputy Keaveney says the Mental Health Commission has not validated the decision to increase beds at the acute unit in UHG.
Meanwhile, Galway TDs, Senators and Councillors are being urged to attend a meeting in Ballinasloe next week regarding the phased closure of St. Brigid’s.
The meeting takes place this day week in Gullanes Hotel in Ballinasloe at 8pm.
Organiser Arthur Carr of Galway East Life Support and a member of the East Galway Mental Health Action Group says the transfers must be put on hold until a detailed review of the decision is carried out.
He says support from TDs, Senators and Councillors is now vital.
Cathaoirleach says that Mother and Baby Homes Report will be first item discussed at Monday’s Council meeting
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council James Charity has confirmed that the Mother and Baby Homes report will be the first matter to be discussed at Monday’s council meeting in Corrandulla.
In the Dail this week, the council was criticised for a lack of urgency in addressing its historic links with the Tuam mother and baby home.
Junior Minister and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte told the Dáil this week that she was ‘horrified’ to see the matter was way down the list of items on Monday’s agenda.
However, despite it being number eight on the agenda, Catherlioch of Galway County Council James Charity today told Galway Bay FM news that it was always going to be the first item discussed at Monday’s meeting.
74 new cases in Galway, 1,910 nationally and 77 further deaths from COVID-19
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 77 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
76 of these deaths occurred in January, 1 in December.
The median age of those who died is 84 years and the age range is 43-98 years.
There has been a total of 2,947 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight, Friday 22nd January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,910 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 186,184* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today:
- 887 are men / 1,016 are women
- 57% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 40 years old
- 710 in Dublin, 150 in Cork, 103 in Meath, 102 in Limerick, 86 in Louth, and the remaining 759 cases are spread across all other counties**
As of 2pm today, 1,892 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 59 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer said: “Through the solidarity shown by families and communities across the country in recent weeks, we are beginning to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infection. Each individual effort to follow the public health advice is making an impact, but we can only continue this positive trend and drive down incidence in the community by continuing to stay at home and avoid meeting or mixing with others in our social circle, including for any close family gatherings, such as birthdays or funerals, as these can be ‘super-spreader’ events.
“We know it is possible to have COVID-19 without displaying symptoms, so we all need to behave as though we are infectious and minimise our close contacts with others. If you suspect that you might be ill, isolate away from others in your household, let your close contacts know and come forward for testing as soon as possible.”
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 5 confirmed cases. The figure of 186,184 confirmed cases reflects this.
**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.
|County||Today’s cases**(to midnight 22Jan2021)||14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 22Jan2021)||New Cases during last 14 days(to 22Jan2021)|
7-day incidence 344.9
5-day moving average 2,273
Galway TD calls for mediator to be appointed to resolve impasse over special needs education
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway East TD is calling for a mediator to be appointed to resolve the impasse over special needs education.
Deputy Sean Canney argues there is too much public rhetoric and not enough solutions being presented.
He says children and their parents are at their ‘wits end’ and have been given too many false dawns over the last two weeks.
His comments come as opposition parties have questioned the ability of Education Minister Norma Foley to oversee the re-opening of schools.
It also emerged this morning that talks between teachers unions and the department on the return of special education is not expected to resume until Monday, despite the Taoiseach saying it’s a priority.
Independent Deputy Canney claims parents are being left in the dark while the Minister and unions clash on the airwaves.