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Health Minister says ‘too early’ to give timeline on new Galway hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister says it is far ‘too early’ to give any timeline on the Government’s plan to build a new hospital in Galway.
Proposals to build a new elective hospital in Galway were revealed earlier this year in the national capital plan.
It’s understood the elective facility would be based at Merlin Park in the city – where permission is also currently being sought to construct a new ambulance base.
However, in a parliamentary response, Simon Harris would not be drawn on the location of the new hospital – and said the process is at a ‘very early stage’.
He told Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv that the plan must progress through appraisal, planning design and tender before a location can be confirmed.
He also said that a timeline for the project – or the funding that would be required – cannot be provided at this early stage of the process.

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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Údarás na Gaeltachta approves over 60 new jobs in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved over 60 new jobs in Connemara.

At its board meeting last evening, investment was approved in a wide range of projects in Gaeltacht regions nationwide.

Among the projects approved was a a development at Aran Biomedical in An Spidéal, whill will create 45 new jobs.

Investment was also approved for Tully-based media company Fíbín Teo, which will create 15 new jobs by 2025.

The meeting was attended by the newly appointed CEO of Údarás, Tomás O’ Síocháin.

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Anger over delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over lifetime of Government

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Fianna Fail Senator is expressing anger over the delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over the lifetime of the current Government.

Senator Ollie Crowe said it’s a completely unacceptable figure that lags far behind other urban areas like Cork or Limerick.

But Minister Malcolm Noonan said the responsibility lies with Galway City and County Councils – and suggested they need a more ambitious agenda.

Senator Crowe said whoever is to blame, it’s an unacceptable situation and some sort of action is needed.

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