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Government urged to address low take up of rural social scheme in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The government is being urged to accelerate recruitment to the Rural Social Scheme in Galway.
Figures obtained by Roscommon Galway TD Eugene Murphy reveal 25 places have yet to be filled for Galway Rural Development Company.
Deputy Murphy says there are still 380 places available nationwide despite the fact that there are nearly 7,000 people receiving Farm Assist.
He argues the low level of take-up needs to be addressed.

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Calls for clinic to be established in Galway for those suffering from long-term affects of COVID-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for a clinic to be established in Galway specifically for people suffering from the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says a so-called long COVID clinic is needed for those experiencing the lingering, debilitating effects of the virus.

Currently there are only two such clinics nationwide – with one each located in Cork and Dublin.

It comes as the WHO has asked that governments recognise the long-term effects of COVID-19 and ensure access to health services for all affected patients.

The side-effects of long COVID include fatigue, a cough, shortness of breath and inflammation and injury of major organs – including the lungs and heart.

Deputy Cannon says setting up the clinic is vital for patients in the west – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Disability campaign group to hand letter to City Hall calling for appointment of Access Officer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway based disabled persons action group will hand a letter to the City Manager this hour calling for the appointment of a full-time Access Officer.

Representatives from ‘Access for All Galway’ plan to present the letter to Brendan McGrath at noon today, requesting the appointment and the full implementation of the Equal Status Act.

The group says there are more than 10 thousand disabled people resident in Galway.

It comes as today marks the International Day of Disabled People.

Access for All Galway founding member and long-term disability rights activist Marian Maloney says a coordinated effort is needed to make the city safer for disabled people.

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Final report of Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes to be published next month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes will be published in the week of January 11th.

The Children’s Minister has told the Dail that he will bring a memo to Cabinet that week for approval.

Roderic O’Gorman says he received the final report at the end of October, and moves to publish it are now at ‘an advanced stage’.

The Minister says he will continue to engage with survivors ahead of the publication of the report.

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