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‘Hospital in the home’ plan gets Council approval

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Galway City Council has given the go-ahead for the VHI to roll out its new homecare service here.

The HomeCare service, dubbed ‘hospital in the home’, will be the first of its kind outside of the east coast of Ireland.

The service, which is consultant-led, allows suitable patients leave hospital earlier and continue certain treatments in the own home under the care of VHI nurses and doctors.

It allows treatments such as the administration of IV antibiotics in the home, rather than having to be admitted to hospital.

The centre, which will be located in the Tornóg development in Ballinfoile, will create 16 jobs – doctors, nurses and office staff.

CWC Developments Tornóg Ltd had sought permission for a change of use of two units in the commercial element of the development to a HomeCare Centre.

According to the application: “The planning application relates to the development of a VHI HomeCare Centre to provide the necessary back-up infrastructure to roll out various homecare packages in the Galway region, as have been provided in other parts of the country for a number of years.

“This will involve a considerable level of employment in the premises, in the order of 16 medical (doctors, nurses and clinical nurse managers) and non-medical (primarily roles in the HomeCare logistics team) roles,” the application reads.

CWC – which is headed-up by property developer Michael Maye and London-based corporate financier John Mackay – also plans to complete the residential element of the development. The company purchased the entire site in 2014.

To date, 66 residential units have been completed, and planning permission exists for a total of 137 homes.

“It is anticipated that the remainder of the overall site that has not been developed to date would ultimately be developed for residential accommodation,” the developers told the Council.

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24/7 Garda surveillance on feuding Galway families

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Specialist Garda units have been maintaining round-the-clock surveillance over the past week in different parts of the city in an effort to keep the lid on a vicious ongoing feud between two families.

The feud, which resulted in a number of houses being firebombed and a gunshot being fired into a doorway earlier this month, is still simmering but Gardaí have put in place a ‘watch and follow’ strategy in relation to gang members.

Gardaí have also confirmed that they are pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into what they regard as the most serious of the incidents which occurred in the latest outbreak of the feud.

That involved a shooting incident on the Wednesday night of June 15, when a gunman fired a shot into the door of a house in the Bohermore area at around 10.30pm – he is believed to have initially making his getaway on foot before being picked up in a waiting car in the Forster Court area.

Detective Superintendent Shane Cummins, who is heading up the investigation into the series of incidents, said that . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Highwire performers to stage Claddagh spectacular

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s a skill known as funambulism – highwire or tightrope walking – and later this month it seems set to draw huge outdoor crowds to the Claddagh Basin.

Staged on seven highwires spanning the River Corrib, south of Wolfe Tone Bridge, the performances on July 16/17 (Saturday/Sunday), will feature a cast of 150 people from all ages and backgrounds.

Entitled ‘LifeLine’, this spectacular event is being produced and presented by the Galway Community Circus group and will be one of the highlights of the upcoming Arts Festival.

Originally, ‘LifeLine’ had been pencilled in as part of the Galway European Capital of Culture 2020 events, before being scuppered by the Covid pandemic.

The highwire event also has a more serious undertone, in its promotion of the importance of mental health wellbeing at a location renowned for its beauty – but also for many personal human tragedies.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Knives, live ammunition and drugs seized in Knocknacarra

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Knives, live shotgun cartridges and over €10,000 worth of drugs were seized by Gardaí in an operation earlier this week in the Knocknacarra area.

Four young males – who were acting suspiciously in the Lios Mór area at Cappagh Park on Tuesday evening last at around 7pm – were approached by a Garda unit and searched.

During the search, Gardaí found a quantity of cocaine on one of the men, while nearby they also seized a number of offensive weapons including knives.

All four were detained for questioning by Gardaí after being taken to Garda HQ in Murrough, Renmore and in a follow-up search at a house in Knocknacarra, €10,000 worth of cannabis was discovered as well as three live shotgun cartridges.

One of the men – aged in his early 20s – is . . . .
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see the July 1 edition of the Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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