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HSE DEFENDS CLOSURE OF OUR LADY’S WARD IN BALLINASLOE

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Date Published: 10-Aug-2012

The HSE has defended the closure of Our Lady’s Ward in St. Brigids pychiatric Hospital, Ballinasloe.

The unit is set to close as the Executive says it is no longer ‘fit-for-purpose’.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, the HSE says the closure is part of an overall reconfiguration and all residents will be moved to more appropriate accommodation.

A 22 bed acute facility will remain in Ballinasloe following the closure.

The HSE says this is more than adequate for the population and is in line with the Vision for Change policy.

It adds that the Service Plan 2012 is committed to ensuring that there would be a 22 bed inpatient acute facility in Ballinasloe and capital works have already commenced, to be completed by year end.

However, Galway Councillor Tim Broderick has hit out at the closure and has raised concerns over the "inappropriate relocation" of patients within the unit.

He says moving patients to the acute 22 bed ward may create health and safety issues and has called on the HSE to hold off on the closure until the fit-for-purpose unit is made available.

 

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.

A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.

Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.

Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.

Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.

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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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Date Published: 12-May-2013

The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.

Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

 

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