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HSE confirms no additional beds for UHG under Winter Plan

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- No additional beds are earmarked for UHG under the HSE’s Winter Plan – from an allocation of 205 extra beds being provided nationwide.

The matter was raised at an Oireachtas Health Committee by Senator Sean Kyne, who pointed out the plan itself notes serious overcrowding issues at the city hospital.

He wanted to know how the Winter Plan applies to UHG and what it will do to tackle the severe pressure being experienced.

It was acknowledged by senior HSE officials that there are significant issues at UHG and a difficult winter lies ahead.

However, HSE National Director of Acute Operations, Liam Woods, said there will be no extra beds on-site.

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€1 million funding for four outdoor recreational projects across Galway

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A number of outdoor recreation projects in Galway are in for a boost with the announcement of almost €1 million in funding.

The National Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme has granted €500,000 towards the development of a 2.4km route on the Portumna Blueway.

€200,000 has been allocated to the regeneration of trails and recreational areas at the Woodford Millenium Oak Forest.

In Letterfrack, €183,000 will support the upgrade of the existing Atlantic Waterfall Walk.

The Long Point at Loughrea Lake. will also benefit from €50,000 to accommodate the planning for a major upgrade of facilities there

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Call for levies collected on former Corrib Great Southern site to be ring-fenced for local projects

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

There are calls for Galway City Council to ring-fence vacant site levies collected from the location of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel for the development of amenities on the East side.

City Councillor Alan Cheevers says almost half a million euro has been collected for 2020 and 2021 and this money should now be invested in areas on the east side of the city.

The former Corrib Great Southern – which has been closed for around 15 years – is currently being demolished in a multi-stage process.

Councillor Cheevers says the vacant site levy collected would normally go into the overall local authority purse – but on this occasion the money should be ring-fenced for the East side.

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Eight arrests in connection with violent disorder at Tuam cemetery

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

Eight people have been arrested today in connection with a violent brawl at a cemetery in Tuam last September.

Seven people suffered injuries in the incident connected to an ongoing local feud, which broke out at the graveyard on the Athenry Road following a funeral on September 22nd.

As part of an operation conducted this morning, Gardai say seven men who range in age from their mid 20s to their mid 50s, and one woman who is in her mid 20s have been arrested.

They are being questioned at various stations in the Galway Division under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

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