Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister has defended his decision to appoint Noel Daly as Chairperson of the West North-West Hospitals Group in 2012.
Mr. Daly resigned from the voluntary role earlier this month following claims led by Sinn Fein of a conflict of interest.
It has since been revealed that the former Chairman is a shareholder in a private healthcare company which carried out a survey of maternity services for the hospitals group.
The CEO of the hospitals group has also admitted it broke National Financial Regulations in choosing Noel Daly’s company to compile the controversial report on maternity services.
The matter was raised in the Dail today where Sinn Féin’s Caoimhghín O’Caolán questioned the Health Minister on the appointment of Mr. Daly.
Speaking in response, the Minister said he made the appointment based on his knowledge of the health service.
However he said he regretted that Mr. Daly didn’t declare his shareholding in the company in question.
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County planners back Renville sports facility after second bid to bring amenity to Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Permission has been secured to build a major sports facility at Renville West in Oranmore.
The project has received the green light from county planners, after a second bid to bring the amenity to Oranmore, led by Renville Sports Project Committee.
The plan would involve a looped amenity walkway throughout the site and connectivity to the existing amenity walkways at Rinville Park and also a public playground area.
It provides for three grassed playing pitches, one all weather synthetic playing pitch and three warm up or training areas as well as site lighting.
There will also be a covered terrace, a single storey toilet block and a hurling wall.
Under the plan, car parking is provided for up to 234 vehicles as well as six coach spaces and 184 bicycle parking spaces.
There will also be changes to provide vehicular and pedestrian access onto a local road, to the south of the site, to serve the proposed development and to provide for revised access to serve the existing public car parks.
County planners have given the project their backing with 14 conditions attached.
One states the the use of the all weather pitch is not to extend beyond 10pm.
The use of floodlights is restricted to from 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 9pm on Sundays and public holidays.
The Tureen stream is also to be fenced off from the site works.
In June 2020, An Bord Pleanála refused a former application for the development due to concerns over traffic hazard issues.