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Interim Chairperson appointed to West Northwest Hospital Group board

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Dr. John Killeen has been confirmed as the interim chairperson of the West Northwest Hospital Group board.
His appointment follows the resignation of Noel Daly last week amid claims of a conflict of interest.
Dr. John Killeen, a Roscommon native, joined the board in 2013 and is an engineer by profession.
He will take on the voluntary role on an interim basis until the official appointment is made by the Minister of Health.
The former chairman Noel Daly resigned last week following claims of a conflict of interest.
Mr. Daly is a shareholder in a private healthcare company which carried out a survey of maternity services for the hospitals group.
In a statement, he said he took the decision because he does not want his personal and professional reputation or the reputation of the group compromised in any way.
The next meeting of the board will take place in Sligo Regional Hospital on July 1st.
The new interim chairperson was for unavailable for comment when contacted by Galway Bay fm news.

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Gort Gardaí investigate discovery of body near Kinvara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí in Gort are investigating the discovery of a body near the coastline in South Galway.

A person out walking near the shoreline made the discovery at around 11.30 yesterday morning at Doorus, north of Kinvara.

The remains, understood to be that of a female, have been removed to the mortuary at UHG.

The local Coroner has been notified and the Office of the State Pathologist have been requested to conduct a post-mortem examination.

Gardaí say efforts to identify the deceased are ongoing and the outcome of the post-mortem exam will determine the course of the Garda investigation.

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Appeal to Galway students to avoid drugs as they return to city’s colleges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s Crime Prevention Officer is appealing to students to avoid drugs and get involved with other aspects of campus life instead as they return to the city’s colleges for the new academic year.

Over 1,800 people aged between 18 and 24 entered a drug treatment programme last year, at a time when students were studying remotely.

Gardaí have today launched a new awareness campaign reminding students can lead to a criminal record, risk of addiction and loss of career opportunities.

Garda Crime Prevention Officer for Galway Sgt. Michael Walsh says gardai are concerned at the growing drugs culture and the potential outcome.

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1,423 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,423* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 286 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said:

“COVID-19 vaccines are providing very effective protection from severe illness and have fundamentally changed the risk profile of COVID-19 in Ireland – it is important that all of us receive our COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available to us.

“Once again today, we see more elements of our society and economy reopen. If you are fully protected through vaccination, then you can have confidence that your vaccination, and your continued adherence to the public health advice appropriate to each environment, is the best way you can protect yourself from COVID-19.

“If you display cold or flu like symptoms like cough, fever, headache, sore throat and blocked or runny nose, self-isolate immediately. Please do not meet up with others or attend events, work or school. Arrange a PCR test through the HSE as soon as possible.”

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