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HSA acknowledges concerns at city psychiatric unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health and Safety Authority has confirmed it’s aware of concerns at the psychiatric unit at University Hospital Galway.
The authority has been asked to examine the unit over patient safety concerns.
Fianna Fáil’s mental health spokesperson, Galway East T.D, Colm Keaveney claims that staff at the unit made the request in a letter to the HSA.
The authority says it’s aware of concerns at the unit, and is engaging with staff.
The news comes on the back of Professor Shane O’Neill’s resignation as Beaumont Hospital’s Clinical Director over the assessment of pyschiatric patients in the emergency department.
A mental health expert says the policy of admitting psychiatric patients to emergency departments needs to be ‘looked at’.
Siobhan Barry is the Clinical Director of the Cluain Mhuire Service – she says community centres should be the focus for mental health services, and not acute hospitals.
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Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin

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Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.

The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.

She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.

A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.

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Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.

The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.

It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.

However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.

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Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year

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Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.

874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.

Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.

The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.

The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.

Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.

That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.

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