Galway Bay fm newsroom – The duration of seclusion periods for children at a psychiatric unit in Galway have been described as ‘excessive’ by an inspector.
The Willows and Woodsend children’s units at Merlin Park Hospital in the city had an unannounced inspection from the Mental Health Commission in February this year.
The inspection report reveals that the seclusion room – which is monitored by CCTV – was used for one teenage patient for a 27 hour period on one occasion, and for 14 hours on another occasion.
The service said seclusion was used as a last resort and at times the child was not taken out of the seclusion room as they were asleep.
The inspector pointed out that extended periods of seclusion were ‘not therapeutic,’ but commended the centre on many other aspects of its care and policy.
Woodquay urban animation project set to be delivered by summer 2022
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An urban animation project in Woodquay in the city is set to reach completion in time for the 2022 summer season.
The project is one of seven nationwide and secured over one million euro in funding through Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme which aims to re-invigorate urban areas and increase their tourism appeal.
The pilot five million euro scheme, which opened for applications in April, will also fund projects in Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Dublin.
These will involve a variety of large-scale outdoor performance spaces, public art and light installations.
The Galway city project will a signature lighting installation at Woodquay Park featuring a hand carved steel sphere.
This aims to reflect the stories and traditions of Galway alongside a traditional Galway Hooker and performance space.
Director of Product Development Orla Carroll says urban animation will play an increasingly important role in transforming and re-imagining our public spaces as safe, welcoming and vibrant places to visit.
EY Ireland expansion to deliver new jobs at Galway base
Galway Bay fm newsroom – EY Ireland has announced the creation of over 800 jobs nationwide with 210 roles to be spread across its regional offices in Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.
The expansion will bring the headcount in EY to over 4,200 across the island of Ireland.
The 414 experienced hire roles will be advertised and filled by the end of June next year, while a further 402 roles will be filled by university graduates starting this autumn.
EY Ireland says increasing demand for its services and fundamental changes brought about by the pandemic, were key to its decision to expand.
Access to redress scheme for Tuam Mother and Baby Home survivors to be widened
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Children is set to expand the redress scheme for survivors of mother and baby homes beyond the terms recommended by the commission of investigation.
Women who stayed less than six months in facilities such as the Tuam Mother and Baby home and those resident after 1974 are now set to be included.
With thousands of potential beneficiaries, it’s believed that the scheme could cost up to €800 million.
Minister Roderic O’Gorman is expected to seek Cabinet approval for the redress plan in the coming weeks and according to the Irish Times, the scheme will now include women who spent less than six months in the homes and those resident after 1974.
Plans to broaden the scheme follow controversy over the findings of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.
In its January report, the commission recommended women who spent lengthy periods in mother and baby homes before 1974 should be considered for redress.
It also said women who were in county homes, the Tuam home and those who worked outside the institutions without pay should be eligible.
Minister O’ Gorman stated earlier this year that he hopes to open the redress scheme to applications as soon as possible in 2022.