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LISTEN: On eve of Taoiseach’s visit INMO says overcrowding at UHG is ‘out of control’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation says overcrowding at hospitals in the west and northwest – including UHG – is ‘out of control’.
It’s as a record breaking 58 people are on trolleys at UHG today awaiting admission – the highest figure on record.
It’s been a black day for the Irish hospital system – with almost 600 people nationwide waiting for a bed.
General Secretary Phil Ni Sheaghdha says the situation for patients is now beyond ‘inhumane’ and the numbers are continuing to rise steadily.
She says staff are also doing their best to cope under extreme pressure, working under impossible and unsafe conditions.
She’s been speaking to our reporter David Nevin in the past hour.
She believes it’s time for the HSE to ‘pull out all the stops’ and starting treating it like the national crisis that it is:

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.

The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.

To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.

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