Health Minister defends appointment of Noel Daly to West North West Hospitals Group
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.
Open farmer clinic to take place in Oranmore on new BISS scheme
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Local farmers are invited to attend an open clinic in Oranmore next week on the new BISS scheme.
The Department of Agriculture is hosting a number of information sessions nationwide to answer questions on the Basic Income Support for Sustainability schemes.
The Galway event will be held at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on Tuesday from 10AM-16PM – and no registration is needed.
Carmel Tobin, with the Direct Payments Unit at the Department of Agriculture, explains the importance of the event:
O’ Cuiv calls for new Government strategy to tackle “scourge” of cocaine
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv is calling for a new Government strategy, to tackle the “scourge” of cocaine in this country.
He said a new UN report shows Ireland is the fourth highest consumer of cocaine in the world per capita.
He outlined how only the Netherlands, Australia and Spain, reported higher levels of use.
Deputy O’ Cuiv argues there’s a clear need for a new strategy at national level:
Athenry, Aughnanure, and Portumna Castles reopen for summer season
Athenry, Portumna and Aughnanure Castles are reopening to visitors for the summer.
The OPW is encouraging people to “Step into our Story” and pay a visit to these heritage sites.
Other OPW sites are also welcoming visitors, such as Dún Aonhgasa, and Pearse’s Cottage at Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, Conamara
To celebrate the early summer opening, people can enjoy free admission on the first Wednesday of every month throughout summer.