GARDAI and local representatives have expressed relief at the ‘miracle outcome’ of a frightening motorway crash this week in which a huge articulated truck went out of control and ended up overturned on the wrong side of the M6 near Ballinasloe.
A Garda investigation is under way as to how the articulated lorry ended up crashing through the median barrier of the M6 motorway near Ballinasloe before overturning on the opposite side of the Galway to Dublin roadway.
The potentially calamitous incident occurred at around 1pm on Monday as the ‘Walsh’s’ lorry was being driven towards Dublin with a load of light waste timber on board.
The accident occurred between Junction 13 and 14 and the truck ended up straddled across the westbound side of the motorway, the layby and onto a green area at the edge of the roadway.
Both sides of the motorway were strewn with timber from the stricken truck and minutes after Gardai and the emergency services arrived on the scene that section of the motorway was closed until the early hours of Tuesday morning.
Gardai are investigating possible causes of the crash and are understood to have interviewed the driver of the lorry, who escaped injury in the incident.
Onlookers who came on the scene expressed astonishment at ‘the luck’ of no other vehicles being on the Galway bound side of the motorway when the lorry went out of control.
The motorway closure led to increased volumes of traffic through the town of Ballinasloe on Monday afternoon and evening although local councillor, Dermot Connolly said that this was a very small price to pay as compared to what might have happened on the motorway.
“It could have been carnage and thank God, at the end of the day, there was no one injured – it really could have been calamitous had the artic crashed into oncoming traffic.
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Progress stalls on setting up Eating Disorder Community Health Team
Despite an increasing number of young people experiencing eating disorders, a new specialist community team has yet to be set up in Galway well over a year after it was announced.
The delay is mainly due to a difficulty recruiting a consultant psychiatrist to lead the team, this week’s HSE West Regional Health Forum meeting was told.
Councillor John Connolly (FF) queried the progress on the new Eating Disorder Community Health Team within the Child Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) after the HSE revealed in September 2021 that it would be set up in response to the hike in youths presenting for treatment.
Chief Officer of HSE Community Healthcare West, Breda Crehan-Roche, said interviews had been conducted to recruit a clinical lead, but so far none had been appointed. Six other staff had been appointed and these had been assigned to existing teams within CAMHS while a psychiatrist could come on board to manage the team.
“We have difficulty getting locum cover. Interviews were held. It’s a priority. We are doing a running recruitment process,” she told this month’s meeting.
It took between six and nine months to appoint a person to such a senior post.
“There is a lot of work in specialist intervention in the eating disorders team.”
She admitted that there were no records of how much of an increase there had been in referrals to CAMHS Galway for youths troubled by an eating disorder as all records were on paper rather than on computer.
“I can’t ask clinicians and therapists to pull together manual figures,” she stated. But the indication from staff on the ground was that there had been a downward trend in referrals post-Covid.
There was a move to keeping digital records by the middle of next year.
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan dies aged 78
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan has passed away at the age of 78.
Born in Kilkenny in 1944, Bishop Drennan studied for the priesthood at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth from where he was ordained in 1968
As a priest, the then Fr Drennan served as curate in both St. Mary’s Cathedral Parish in Kilkenny and then in Ballycallan.
From 1975 he taught Sacred Scripture at St. Kieran’s College, returning to Rome in 1980 to become Spiritual Director at the Irish College there for the next five years.
When Fr. Martin again returned home he became a Lecturer in Sacred Scripture at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997.
Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was chosen as Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and was installed on 3rd July 2005 in Galway Cathedral serving to his retirement in 2016.
A brief statement released by the Diocese of Galway this afternoon confirmed his passing and offered their sympathies to Bishop Drennan’s family and all those who mourn his loss.
Funeral arrangements for the late Bishop Drennan will be announced later
Gardaí appeal for help to locate missing man
Gardaí are seeking help from the public in locating a 66-year-old man who has been missing from Clonbur since Thursday.
Michael Harte is described as being 5’ 9” in height, of slim build with short grey hair. When last seen, he was wearing blue jeans, a blue jumper, a tan / khaki padded jacket and tan boots.
He is understood to have access to a black Renault Megane with a 02 C registration.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Clifden Garda Station on 095 2250, the Garda confidential line on 1800 666111 or any Garda station.