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Head of HSE says he first found out about the Vicky Phelan case from the media

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The head of the HSE says he first found out about the Vicky Phelan case from the news.
Mrs Phelan, who’s now terminally ill, settled a case with a US lab last week after she was wrongly told she had no abnormality in a 2011 smear.
Now the Taoiseach says an inquiry into the Cervical Check programme will take place.
17 women who were part of an audit of the programme have died, but the HSE does not yet have a cause of death for them.
Director General Tony O’Brien says the HSE is not responsible for “dragging people through the courts”.
The Cervical Check helpline is available on 1800 45 45 55 or internationally on +353 21 4217612.

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Cabinet to consider bill for state to part-fund construction of student accommodation in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Higher Education Minister wants the state to part-fund student accommodation in three areas, including Galway.

Cabinet will consider proposals this morning aimed at adding a total of 700 beds in Galway, Maynooth and Limerick.

Ministers will also consider expanding the capital devolved grant to allow colleges to repurpose vacant housing to accommodate students.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Minister Harris, explains his plans:

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Mairead Farrell critical of plans to restore bonuses at bailed-out banks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairead Farrell is criticising plans to restore bonus payments to staff at bailed-out banks.

Pay has been capped at €500 thousand at the three bailed-out banks – AIB, Permanent TSB, and Bank of Ireland – and bonuses have been banned since the financial crash.

But Cabinet is expected to approve plans being presented this morning by Finance Minister Paschal Donohue.

They would allow banks to pay bonuses of up to €20 thousand, as well as remove restrictions on a number of non-pay benefits.

Some argue the restoration will benefit not just higher-level bank staff, but all staff right down to the lowest entry-level positions.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell – who herself previously worked in the financial sector – says the truth is, this will really benefit the highest earners.

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Man arrested following Garda operation in Galway investigating human trafficking

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has been arrested after a Garda operation in Galway as part of ongoing investigations into human trafficking.

He’s due before the courts this morning.

Gardaí at Mullingar conducted a search and arrest operation in Galway yesterday, as part of ongoing investigations into human trafficking and related criminal activity.

The exact location of the operation has not been revealed, and Gardaí can only advise at this point that the operation took place in County Galway.

During the course of the operation, a man in his 30’s was arrested and taken to Mullingar Garda Station.

He’s since been charged and is due to appear before Longford District Court this morning

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