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Lands in Loughrea transferred to Irish Water to be returned

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Lands in Loughrea transferred to Irish Water as part of the transition of water services, are to be returned.
The matter has been raised by local area councillor Shane Donnellan at county council level.
Councillor Donnellan said part of the folio for some of the treatment plant and land was transferred to Irish Water but asked if the land had needed to be transferred to the utility.
Director of services Jim Cullen said there has been very close oversight on asset transfer to Irish Water throughout the county.
He said in Loughrea, the site in question was acquired when a different regional supply scheme was envisaged.
He added that after the lands were transferred, the plan changed to bring the supply from Tuam.
The Director stressed he has been given an assurance that the land in question will be transferred back by Irish water.
Councillor Donnellan said there had been some local concern over the site.

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UHG has highest number of COVID patients and people on trolleys nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG today has the highest number of people on trolleys nationwide, as well as the highest number of COVID-19 patients.

While the number on trolleys has increased in recent days, the number of virus patients has dropped significantly over the past 24 hours.

Figures from the INMO show there are 52 patients on trolleys at UHG today.

That’s the highest figure nationwide, behind University Hospital Limerick at 50 and Letterkenny University Hospital at 46.

The city hospital also continues to have the highest number of COVID-19 patients nationwide, though figures have been dropping in recent days.

There are currently 63 virus patients at the hospital – compared to 73 yesterday.

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3 Galway recipients of Johnson & Johnson STEM programme for women scholarships

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three county Galway students at NUI Galway have received scholarships from a prestigious national programme for women in STEM.

The programme is run by Johnson & Johnson Ireland and is open to women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Manufacturing and Design.

Karen Gillooly of Williamstown, Luka Anna Mac Lochlainn of Moycullen, and Thalyra Costa of Gort were among 10 successful applications to the inaugural programme.

They’ll also receive extensive industry mentoring and leadership training to prepare them for a future career in the STEM field.

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Galway TD demands Taoiseach give commitment on National Maternity Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has demanded that the Taoiseach give a commitment on the planned new National Maternity Hospital that “reflects the will of the Dáil”.

Deputy Catherine Connolly argued the planned facility must be a public hospital on a public site, owned and run by the state.

Speaking in the Dáil, she noted the Government has previously accepted several motions making the same call.

Addressing Michael Martin directly, she asked if he will comply with the will of the Dáil – and said it is a simple yes or no answer.

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