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Hundreds of junior doctors at Galway hospitals to vote on industrial action

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Hundreds of doctors at Galway’s public hospitals are being balloted for industrial action in an effort to force the Government to reduce long working hours.

There are two intakes of non consultant hospital doctors at Galway University Hospitals each year – 197 were taken in last month.

The Irish Medical Organisation says NCHDs are routinely required to work shifts of more than 24 hours in a row.

The shifts – which the IMO says put patients lives at risk – are illegal under EU law.

The Organisation is to ballot its members and up to 96% of junior doctors are expected to vote in favour of industrial action.

A result is expected on September 2nd.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Dr Lisa Cunningham from the NCHD committee says it’s vital that working hours are cut.

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A man in his 20’s dies and another is injured after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

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A man in his 20’s has died after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

The single vehicle collision happened on the N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar at approximately 12.45pm.

The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.

The driver, also in his 20’s, was taken to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The road remains closed and gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 963 1890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Gardai and Emergency Services attending the scene of a Road Traffic Accident on N63

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Gardaí and emergency services are currently attending the scene of a road traffic collision on the N63 Newbridge to Ballygar Road.

The road is currently closed with local diversions in place.

No further information is available at this time.

Further updates will issue in due course.

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Protest is held at The Skerritt Roundabout over dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city

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A group of approximately forty campaigners have been protesting at The Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway over dangerous conditions that exist for cyclists and pedestrians on the streets of Galway.

The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, set up a pop-up pedestrian crossing at the roundabout.

Skerritt Roundabout was chosen as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.

The group said that the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.

Organiser Grainne Faller told John Mulligan that decision makers need to factor in safety when it comes to road and street design in Galway.

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