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HSE lodges plan for new outpatients department and adult cystic fibrosis unit at Merlin Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has lodged plans for a new outpatients department and an adult cystic fibrosis outpatients building at Merlin Park Hospital.

The development includes a two-storey outpatients department and an adjacent single storey adult cystic fibrosis outpatients unit.

It also provides for 88 parking spaces, bicycle parking, pedestrian footpaths, lighting and associated signage and landscaping.

City planners are due to issue a decision in late October.

Subject to a successful grant of planning permission from Galway City Council, the outpatients department and adult cystic fibrosis outpatients project will be tendered through the public procurement process to appoint the main building contractor.

It would then progress to the construction phase in 2022 with a view to having the new facilities ready for operation in early 2023.

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Health Minister to bring memo to Government on provision of elective hospital in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister plans to bring a memo to Government shortly on the provision of three new elective hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

The Government hopes such facilities would contribute to reducing waiting times for elective surgery.

According to the Irish Times, a taskforce modelled on the team that led the Covid-19 vaccination rollout is to be charged with seeing through a plan, to cost hundreds of millions of euro over the coming years, that aims to bring down healthcare waiting lists.

Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is to establish the taskforce in the coming weeks, with the membership to be drawn from the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and the National Treatment Purchase Fund .

A shorter-term waiting list plan designed to address the impact of Covid-19 and the cyberattack on the HSE will be put in place for the rest of this year.

The Minister plans to bring a memo to Government shortly on the provision of three new elective hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway, which the Government hopes will contribute to reducing waiting times for elective surgery.

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Warning of two tier recovery as hospitality sector in the West faces major post Covid challenges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A representative group has warned there will be 3,730 fewer jobs in the drinks and hospitality industry in the West in 2022 due to the continuing impact of pandemic.

The analysis compiled by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has warned of a two-tier recovery in 2022, with hospitality facing major post-Covid challenges despite the broader economy’s ongoing recovery as the country approaches full vaccination.

The study predicts 140,000 people will be employed by drinks and hospitality businesses in 2022, down from almost 180,000 in Q4 2019.

It also finds rural areas, women, and young people are likely to be disproportionately affected by industry contraction.

In the final quarter of 2019, prior to the onset of the pandemic, in the West region, which includes the counties of Roscommon, Galway and Mayo, 7.5% of the adult population were employed in drinks and hospitality jobs – 6.8% in Galway alone.

Drinks Industry Group of Ireland is calling for a 7.5% reduction in excise tax in October’s Budget to help the industry weather this difficult trading environment.

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Campaign group says Salthill cycleway will form blue jewel in Galway’s greenways crown

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Cycling Campaign says the Salthill cycleway will form the blue jewel in Galway’s greenways crown.

It comes as the proposal was passed at last evening’s meeting of Galway City Council where 17 out of the 18 city councillors supported the motion put forward by Mayor Collette Connolly.

The route would run from the Grattan Road as far as the Kingston junction on the Barna side of the city.

However, the suggested route is subject to engineering studies, and to planning before any work can commence.

The campaign group behind the plan says the temporary 3 kilometre coastal cycleway will provide a safe route to schools, sports, and work for tens of thousands of people between Knocknacarra and the city centre via Salthill, as well as making the city’s seafront a safer and more pleasant destination for people walking and cycling.

The Mayor of Galway says she’s “over the moon” that her motion got the backing of city councillors.

The plan had raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of up to 200 car parking spaces, and the potential impact on traffic movement.

Mayor Collette Connolly says efforts have been made to address any issues raised …..

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