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HIQA to authorise additional nursing home beds in Galway

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Galway bay fm newsroom -New beds are to be added at a county nursing home pending authorisation by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

The beds are expected to be added at Áras Ronan on Inis Mór by the end of October this year.

At a meeting of the Regional Health Forum West, City Councillor Catherine Connolly asked for an update on the waiting lists for Áras Ronan, and for Áras Mhic Dara in Carraroe.

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Councillor Mary Hoade says maternity leave for councillors will provide greater access to politics

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor says plans announced today to provide councillors with maternity leave for the first time are long past due but very welcome.

Councillor Mary Hoade says it’s excellent news for aspiring and serving politicians across the country.

Councillor Hoade current serves as President of the Association of Irish Local Government.

She says this is something they’ve been working on for a long time – and it’s about making it easier for women to get involved in politics.

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Kylemore Abbey partners with Irish National Stud to showcase Connemara Pony

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Kylemore Abbey is collaborating with the Irish National Stud to showcase the Connemara Pony to international audiences.

Earlier today, it sent a mare and her foal to Co. Kildare for a summer placement.

Executive Director at Kylemore, Conor Coyne, explains the significance of the plan.

And we asked Conor what makes the Connemara Pony such a popular breed.

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One of two Galway men attempting Atlantic rowboat crossing rescued and hospitalised

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – One of the two Galway men attempting to break a world record for rowing across the Atlantic has been forced to abandon the attempt after becoming unwell.

Project Empower saw city-native Damian Browne and Fergus Farrell from Athenry set off from New York two weeks ago.

But Fergus had to be extracted on Sunday after 13 days at sea, after experiencing severe exhaustion.

Lifelong friends Damian and Fergus undertook the almost 5,000km journey from New York to Galway with the aim of breaking a pairs record set in 1896.

But their shared journey has now come to an end, after Fergus experienced severe exhaustion and failed to recover despite lots of rest.

After consultation with medical consultants and the US Coast Guard, it was decided that he should be extracted with all possible speed.

A commercial boat was diverted to their location and took Fergus onboard for treatment, before transporting him back to New York.

He arrived this morning and was transferred to hospital to undergo tests and assessment.

Damian says he’s gutted that Gussy won’t be with him for the rest of the journey, but has pledged that the project will continue as a solo journey.

The Renmore man previously rowed the Atlantic Ocean solo from the Canary Islands to Antigua.

He’s made incredible progress over the past couple of days, with the boat clocking her best distance days since the expedition began.

This, he says, is in no small part due to the massive contribution Fergus made in getting them into the Gulf Stream.

Project Empower is in aid of four charity organisations – National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Ability West, Madra and The Galway Simon Community.

The public can continue to sponsor every km of the 5,000km journey and full details are available at ProjectEmpower.ie.

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