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HSE SAYS TB VACCINE IS GIVEN TO BABIES AT GALWAY HOSPITAL

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 18-Sep-2010

THE HSE WEST has stated that any babies at risk of getting TB are given the BCC vaccination at University Hospital Galway.

It also states that the vaccine will be given to babies and older children on the request of concerned parents.

It was responding to claims by a Cork-based consultant that it is the only hospital in Ireland with no BCC vaccination programme for newly born babies.

When contacted by Galway Bay Fm the HSE West has stated that in the west neonatal BCG has always been available to those babies considered at risk and to those whose parents have requested it.

Dr Muireann Ní Chróinín, a consultant at Cork University Hospital has made call for the vaccine to be made available to all babies.

She also said that the Galway hospital was the only hospital where it is not given to all newly born babies.

But the HSE statement added that historically the policy in the old Western Health Board area has been to screen all primary school children and offer BCG to those in 5th and 6th classes.

It also states that children were considered to be most at risk of coming into contact with TB when they started to circulate and socialise more widely in their teen years.

 

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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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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