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Galway TD raises concerns about afterschool regulations ahead of new term

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ahead of the new school term, a Galway TD is raising concerns that regulations for afterschool services could lead to closures.

The regulations dictate the ratio of child to childcare employee must be no larger than 12:1 – which is half the 25:1 ratio required in primary school classrooms.

The new regulations were introduced by the Department of Child Protection for all afterschool care facilities for children in the primary school cycle.

Fianna Fail Deputy Anne Rabbitte says these ratios are not viable and are putting too much pressure on the industry.

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Minister formally opens UHG acute mental health unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Minister Jim Daly has officially opened the adult acute mental health unit at UHG.

The purpose built 50 bed acute psychiatric inpatient unit is in operation since last June .

The multi-million euro capital development provides support for people experiencing severe mental disorders and necessitating inpatient care.

The facility represents an increase of 5 acute inpatient beds incorporating wards dedicated to adult, high observation and later life patients.

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Galway Roscommon TD warns movement needed to bring farmers onboard with beef deal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway-Roscommon TD is warning more movement is needed to bring farmers onboard with the delicate beef deal reached over the weekend.

Deputy Eugene Murphy says while the deal is an excellent starting point, many farmers are not happy and major concerns remain over base prices.

It’s as pickets continue outside at least 16 plants nationwide – despite the deal requiring that such blockades come to an end.

Fianna Fail Deputy Murphy says further movement is needed if the deal is to succeed in the longer term.

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Health innovation hub launched at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new health innovation hub has been launched at UHG which aims to connect clinicians with innovation leaders in the sector across the West.

Health Innovation Hub Ireland supports collaboration between health services and businesses to develop new healthcare technologies, products and services.

The initiative matches companies with suitable clinical teams, while also advising healthcare staff on developing ideas into products and services.

The Galway hub is the third centre nationally, with the first being established in Cork in 2016 and a second office launched in 2018 in Dublin.

Nationally, H.I.H.I has engaged with over 256 companies and 160 healthcare professionals to advance new innovative ideas.

The Health Inovation Hub Ireland was launched today at the Lambe Insitute at UHG by Business and Trade Minister, Pat Breen and Minister for Mental Health, Jim Daly.

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