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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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.