From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:
The INMO is calling on the HSE to curtail as many patient services as possible at University Hospital Galway to ensure a severley reduced staff of nurses can deliver safe patient care there.
329 nurses are currently unable to attend work at UHG and Merlin Park due to contracting COVID 19 or following isolation rules as close contacts.
Despite the redeployment of nurses theoughtout the hospitall, the Irish Nurses and Midwives Union says some wards at UHG are operating with less than 50 percent of the usual staff numbers.
The union is expressing concerns over the safety of care which can be delivered in light of current staffing levels at Galways’ hospitals.
INMO Western Region Industrial Relations Officer Anne Burke says the HSE must cut patient services even further at UHG to ensure safe patient care can be delivered.
Key points regarding the lifting of restrictions from 6 tomorrow morning, as confirmed by the Taoiseach in the live address to the nation brought to you here on Galway Bay fm
From 6am tomorrow
- closing time for hospitality and events will return to where it was before the pandemic.
- Covid passes will no longer be needed for hospitality and indoor activities.
- there will be no restrictions on capacity for indoor and outdoor events.
- guidance in relation to household visits will no longer apply.
Also, The Taoiseach says a phased return to the physical workplace for all staff can now commence.
There are no changes to international travel rules – with Covid passes still required.
Face-masks will still be needed where they are currently required. The current protective measures for schools will also continue.
Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley granted half the legal costs in failed challenge against restrictions on attending mass
Galway Bay FM Newsroom- The High Court has ruled that Galway businessman Declan Ganley is entitled to half of the legal costs he incurred for his challenge against the ban on attending religious services which operated at stages during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Justice Charles Meenan made the ruling today after holding that the Abbeyknockmoy businessman had raised points of general, public importance in his action.
These included the balance between the right to public worship and public health.
The Judge added that Mr Ganley is entitled to have half his legal costs, estimated to be a six-figure sum, paid by the Minister for Health.
The Minister’s lawyers had argued that the court should make no orders as to costs, meaning that each side would pay their own legal bills.
In December, the judge dismissed Mr Ganley’s action, where the Minister was the respondent and where Ireland and the Attorney General were notice parties, after holding that it had become moot or pointless.
Bus Éireann 409 Parkmore route carried almost 1m passengers in 2021
Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Bus Éireann’s 409 Parkmore route was by far the most popular bus service in the city last year, carrying over 900 thousand passengers.
Route 409 connects Eyre Square with the Parkmore Industrial Estate through the city centre, travelling along College Road, Dublin Road, and Doughiska Road.
Overall, Bus Éireann’s city fleet carried 3.2m passengers throughout 2021, with a recent KPMG report calculating the value to Galway City at €17m.
Galway became the first city in Ireland last year to introduce a fully hybrid electric-diesel bus service.