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Health insurers owe €13.6m to Galway City hospitals

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Private health insurance companies owe €13.6 million to the two Galway public hospitals, UHG and Merlin Park.

One consultant has not signed off on paperwork which would bring in €291,460 in payments from the insurance companies. John Hennessy, Regional Director of Operations for HSE West, said that legislation was on the way which would change the way hospitals bill health insurance companies and ultimately a system will be introduced that will eliminate delays caused by consultants not signing off on paperwork.

Health Forum West Chairman Cllr Padraig Conneely has consistenly slammed the consultants for tardiness in completing their paperwork.

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Hopes extra Garda in Loughgeorge will help tackle ‘huge spate’ of burglaries

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are hopes that the addition of an extra Garda in Loughgeorge will help tackle burglaries in the area.

Athenry-Oranmore councillor James Charity says there has been a ‘huge spate’ of burglaries across the district in the previous year.

He says that while all new resources into Loughgeorge are welcome – more could be done to combat crime in the area.

Coucillor Charity outlines the changes he would like to see for policing in the area.

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Council seek funding for re-design of “accident blackspot” at Derrydonnell Cross Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is seeking funding for the full re-design of the layout of Derrydonnell Cross in Athenry.

It would include a safety audit at the junction this year, with the aim of creating a more straightforward layout for traffic.

The council has made a submission to the Department of Transport to make it a priority for 2023.

Councillor David Collins outlines what measures could improve safety at the cross:

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Green light for demolition of former Clarin College in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The go-ahead has been given for plans to demolish the former Clarin College school campus in Athenry.

The two-storey building at Caheroyn Road was vacated with the opening of a new one-thousand pupil school on the outskirts of the town in 2019.

The works will see all permanent and associated buildings demolished, as well as foundations and surfaces.

County planners have granted permission to GRETB for the works with 13 conditions attached.

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