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Long running Galway homeless workers pay dispute resolved

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A dispute concerning the overnight working rate for Galway homeless service employees has been resolved.
In May, Impact Trade Union said it was taking a case to the Labour Court, arguing that staff at Galway Simon Community are providing services through the night for €4.50 per hour – less than half the national minimum wage.
The dispute also concerned some staff at Cope Galway.
A Labour Court ruling in 2014 recommended that time spent on overnight sleepover duty should be acknowledged as constituting working time.
It stated that workers should therefore be paid the national minimum of €9.25 an hour.
Padraig Mulligan of Impact says the issue has now been resolved, and the workers involved will receive what they’re owed before Christmas.

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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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