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Key projects to get Galway thriving

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Key infrastructural projects such as the new Galway Port, the City Outer Bypass, the Atlantic Enterprise Corridor and the Gort-Tuam motorway are integral to securing the economic future of the city and county, the Chamber of Commerce has warned.

In a pre-Budget submission to Finance Minister Michael Noonan, Galway Chamber said a regional strategy will be required if Galway is to secure its position as Ireland’s third city.

“Galway needs to consolidate its position as our country’s third city by encouraging iconic, relevant and important developments. Our city must not lose out in relation to vital infrastructure and investment projects,” the report reads.

 The business grouping said the Atlantic Enterprise Corridor is needed to create more knowledge-driven industries, such as ICT (Information and Communications Technology), medical technology, renewable energy and marine resources.

“Galway Chamber aspires to the creation of an Atlantic Enterprise Corridor linking Galway, Shannon and Limerick.  There is a need to develop a regional strategy to promote more knowledge driven indigenous industries such as ICT delivered services, medical tech sector, renewable energy and marine resources. We have established a sub-committee with the specific remit of exploring the potential benefits to be gained from the creation of an Atlantic Enterprise Corridor,” the document reads.

The Chamber added that the development of Galway Port and marine energy resources off the west coast are important for the future of Galway.

“The Galway Port development is essential to driving Galway’s future development and to maximising the potential for tourism and marine sciences, exploration/energy and marine leisure.

“The majority of this country’s potential ocean energy resource lies off the west coast of Ireland and the challenge is its exploitation to the benefit of the region and nation.

“Policy regarding all aspects of ocean energy including offshore wind, wave and tidal must be promoted, developed and implemented.”“

For more on this story, see the Galway City Tribune.

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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team

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Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.

The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.

Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.

Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.

“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.

It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.

“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”

She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.

“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.

There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78

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Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.

Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968

As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.

From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.

When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.

A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.

Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later

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Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man

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Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.

Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.

He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250,  the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.

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