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Galway trolley figures at highest level in 12 years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Trolley figures at UHG and Portiuncula Hospital are at their highest level in 12 years.
The Irish Nurses and Midwives Association’s latest report provides the trolley figures for April from 2006 to this year.
They reveal that at UHG, 576 patients spent time on a trolley last month, the highest figure recorded over the past 12 years.
135 patients waited on trolleys this April at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Nationally, 9335 admitted patients waited on a trolley last month – far surpassing the April figure for any of the 12 years previous.

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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.

His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.

Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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