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HIGH RATES OF MEDICAL INTERVENTION IN GALWAY BIRTHS

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Date Published: 30-May-2011

Mothers in Galway are more likely to have medical intervention in childbirth than in the rest of the country.

A new survey by Cuidiu, the Irish Childbirth Trust, has shown that mothers attending maternity units at UHG or Portiuncula are more likely to have labour induced, have instruments used in birth or undergo a Caesarean section.

28 per cent of mothers at both hospitals undergo Caesarean sections.

However, the two hospitals have one of the highest figures for breast-feeding amongst first-time mothers in the country with 69 per cent of first-time mothers breast-feeding straight after birth in UHG and 61 per cent in Portiuncula.

Study co-author Niamh Healy says mothers in Galway need to think about all the options available to them before labour.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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