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HSE to fill geriatrician consultant post at Portiuncula following delay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has moved to fill a consultant geriatrician post at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe which has been vacant for over a year.
The position became vacant in March 2013, and the HSE received approval to appoint a replacement three months later.
Following representations by Roscommon South Leitrim TD Denis Naughten, the Minister for Health has confirmed that after interviews in May, the position has been offered.
The HSE is awaiting a response from the successful candidate.
Deputy Naughten says the appointment is vital for older people in the area.

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Challenges as UHG faces overcrowding and Covid outbreak

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 52 patients are waiting on trolleys or along wards at UHG today – making it the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide.

21 patients are also waiting at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

The overcrowding comes as UHG is also managing an outbreak of COVID-19 on two wards.

As a result of the ongoing pressures and lack of bed capacity, a number of elective procedures are being postponed.

The public is being urged to contact their GP or the Westdoc GP Out of Hours service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

Chris Kane is General Manager at the GUH group -she told Galway Talks it’s an extremely challenging period…

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Deadline for county’s streetscape enhancement scheme pushed out into early 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Towns across the county will be given until the end of March next year to complete any unfinished projects under the streetscape programme.

Ballygar, Glenamaddy, Headford, Loughrea, Oranmore and Oughterard were included in the measure.

In assessing the scheme, staff reviewed a total of 236 applications and recommended allocations to 173.

The deadline has been formally extended by the Department to the end of December.

However due to challenging seasonal weather conditions and the availability of tradespeople, more time is being allowed meaning any outstanding work can be carried out early in 2022.

Director of Services Liam Hanrahan told a meeting of the county council that the scheme must be completed and reported on by May and all monies drawn down.

He advised that in the case of an underspend, a reserve list of projects will be examined.

The scheme was commended by many councillors and described as ‘transformative’ for many county towns where vacant units were painted and revitalised.

However the original timeline set by the Department was called into question by many.

Councillor Andrew Reddington says lessons can be learned by the Department on setting suitable timelines for such a scheme in future….

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Wild Atlatic Way used as research model for development of marine and coastal tourism trails in EU

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Wild Atlantic Way has been used as a research model to establish best practice for the development of marine and coastal tourism trails in the EU.

The research on the 2,500 kilometre stretch was carried out by a project team in the socio-economic marine research unit based at NUI Galway.

The Northern & Western Regional Assembly was also a partner in the two-year project.

The research forms part of the Moses Project which aims to further the EU’s Blue Growth strategy in five focus maritime areas.

The focus areas include aquaculture, marine and coastal tourism, offshore renewable energy, ports and fisheries.

The project, which is concluding this year, has eight partners in five countries.

The research stresses that sustainable coastal tourism can only be achieved through close collaboration at the community level and offers key recommendations for other European regions to consider if the sector is to lead to sustainable Blue Growth.

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