Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Oireachtas members have been criticised over a lack of participation in the City Joint Policing Committee.
A meeting of the JPC today (26/3), members expressed disappointment that there is only one formal member of the committee in the Oireachtas – Junior Minister Seán Kyne.
Minister Kyne was at the meeting today and was welcomed by several city councillors who are also members.
Former senator Trevor O’ Clochartaigh attended JPC meetings but it’s uncertain whether his replacement in the Seanad will attend the meetings in the future.
Labour Councillor Billy Cameron says he feels that some senior politicians may think the JPC is a ‘talking shop’.
He says their lack of interest in attending denigrates the work of the committee and they must think it’s only for the ‘lowlife of the political spectrum’.
Meeting administrator Peter Salmon from the city council says Oireachtas members can only sit on one JPC- either the city or county.
Councillor Donal Lyons proposed that the committee writes to all Oireachtas members alerting them of the JPC’s intention to ask the Justice Minister to relax the rules so that TDs and senators can sit on both the city and county JPCs if they wish.
Uber taxi service launches in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin.
The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.
The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year.
Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.
Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.
The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.
A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.
While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.
Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.
While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.
Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.
The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.
There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.
A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.