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Health Minister awaits recommendations for site of proposed elective hospital for Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister hopes to see plans advanced within a year for a new elective hospital for Galway.
Simon Harris says the model could dramatically improve waiting times for people in the west and north-west and would take up to four years to deliver.
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City Council approves funding for changing places facility in budget 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has approved funding for the installation of a ‘changing places’ facility in budget 2021.

€50,000 has been allocated for the facility which will be the first of it’s kind in Galway, with eight already in operation in Dublin.

The facility planned for Salthill is larger than a standard accessible toilet – providing extra floor space and additional equipment such as an adult size changing bench.

Fine Gael Councillor Clodagh Higgins first proposed the introduction of the changing places equipment in December 2019.

She says the facility will be a game changer for people with complex needs.

Meanwhile, Fianna Fail Councillor Alan Cheevers has argued aspects of the budget could have been spent more wisely – adding he feels the east side of the city has not been adequately considered for discretionary funding.

Councillor Cheevers has also taken issue with the funding which was allocated for a sound system upgrade a St Nicholas’s Church.

He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, he feels the funds weren’t distributed evenly….

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Galway records spike in cases as Level 5 lifts

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has recorded a spike in coronavirus cases as the country begins its exit from Level 5 today.

22 new cases were notified for Galway in last evening’s figures, the third highest nationwide with 108 in Dublin and 30 in Limerick.

If follows a period of relatively low case numbers in Galway with 128 confirmed over the last fortnight.

The city and county have recorded 2,642 cases of the virus to date.

Health experts have urged the public to stay within county and not to mix with other households.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says people should avoid busy areas where there’s a risk of COVID-19 spreading.

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City Council passes €102m budget for 2021

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillors have passed a budget worth €102.5m for the running of the city next year.

That’s an increase of almost €3m on the budget for 2020.

Next year’s budget was compiled based on no increase in commercial rates, Local Property Tax or increases in charges for services.

Chief Executive of the local authority, Brendan McGrath, says this year has been the most challenging in years due to the impact of Covid-19 and economic uncertainty.

But he contends that the City Council has been ‘prudent’ in building up reserves in recent years, which will be used for beneficial projects and initiatives during 2021.

Mayor of Galway, Councillor Mike Cubbard, says the budget contains many positive elements for the year ahead including a planned maintenance programme for housing, vital funds for the running of Leisureland, key adaptation and mobility grants and funding towards planning for the Bus Connects project.

He says it’s a disability friendly budget and will provide key supports for the people of Galway in the year ahead.

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