Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Colm Keaveney is being criticised by Labour members for his decision to resign from the party.
Dublin Mid West TD Robert Dowds says he feels let down.
Deputy Keaveney made the announcement this afternoon and in doing so will also be giving up his position as Chairperson of the party.
Deputy Keaveney lost the whip after voting against part of the Social Welfare Bill last year.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news this afternoon, he says he made the decision with a heavy heart.
He says it is now apparent that cuts to SNAs, resource hours and to the mobility allowance are not decisions taken in isolation and argues that they are part of a consistent approach that this Government has taken.
Deputy Keaveney says he will continue to represent the people of his constituency and says his work with the Labour party has been rewarding.
Speaking outside Leinster House in the last hour, Colm Keaveney says he has taken the decision because he can’t defend cuts to vulnerable groups in society.
Works to replace water mains in Spiddal to commence this month
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works to replace 1.5 kilometres of water mains at Aille an Phreacháin, Spiddal are due to commence in the coming weeks.
The pipes were prone to frequent bursts and leakage which caused water supply disruptions for customers in the area.
The mains are being replaced with new high density polyethylene pipes with works being carried out in accordance with Level 5 restrictions.
The mains that are being replaced are on the by-road off the main Barr na gCurragh road.
The works are due to reach completion by the end of April.
Once completed customers in this area will enjoy an improved water supply with less disruption.
Farran’s Construction Ltd are contracted to carry out the work on behalf of Irish Water.
Irish Water says it is on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.
Cocaine and cannabis seized after search of house and field in Turloughmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai have arrested two men after seizing suspected cocaine and cannabis herb worth over 122 thousand euro in Turloughmore.
The drugs and four thousand euro in cash were recovered at a house and field in Turloughmore last evening at around 5:30.
During the search of the house they located and seized €28,000 worth of suspected cocaine and €10,000 worth of suspected cannabis. Gardaí also seized almost €4,000 in cash, a weighing scales and mixing agent.
When Gardai started to search the house, one man fled into a nearby field
He was pursued by Gardaí, and observed discarding items in the field.
Gardaí recovered a further €84,200 worth of cocaine in this field following the pursuit.
This man, who is in his early 30s, was arrested.
Gardaí also arrested a second man, in his mid-30s, who was present in the house at the time.
Both were detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act 1996 at North Western Regional Headquarters, in Murrough, Galway.
They have since been charged in connection with the drugs seizure and will appear before Galway District Court this afternoon.
UHG hospital management now entering Level 4 ICU escalation plan
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Hospital management at UHG are now preparing to enter Level 4 of their ICU escalation plan.
There are 133 COVID-19 patients at the acute city hospital with 17 cases in the ICU.
Critical care at UHG is now at Level 3 with a plan to move to Level 4 escalation shortly due to growing demands on the unit.
Saolta Chief Operating Officer Ann Cosgrove told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that significant staff absense is also presenting additional challenges.
She said the hospital is managing and commended staff for their dedication and care during the most challenging period of the pandemic so far:
Ann Cosgrove has made an urgent appeal to the Galway public to stay apart, not to have visitors to your home and to recognise the real risk around you…
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