Date Published: 18-Apr-2011
BY CIARAN TIERNEY
A number of investigations are underway into an incident in which an unconscious four year old boy was taken from the main pool at Leisureland and had to be revived by lifeguards using cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on Sunday afternoon.
Staff at the Salthill facility have been praised for their professional and quick-thinking response after the child, who is from the east side of the city, was spotted lying in the water at about 2.30pm.
Members of staff performed CPR on the young boy on the platform between the two main swimming pools and managed to revive him before an ambulance arrived to whisk him to University College Hospital (UHG).
The boy was still in the Intensive Care Unit at UHG last evening, while Gardaí and the City Council (who own Leisureland) were undertaking separate investigations into how the accident occurred.
“The lifeguards managed to resuscitate him and the boy had resumed breathing on his own before the ambulance arrived,” said a spokesperson for Galway City Council. “It was an awful experience for everyone at the scene and our thoughts are with the child and his parents.”
There were 10 lifeguards on duty at Leisureland on Sunday afternoon, two of whom are water safety instructors, and their response at the scene may have saved the life of the youngster.
“By all accounts, the lifeguards did a brilliant job,” added the spokesman. “You have procedures in place but incidents like this don’t happen very often.”
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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.