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Mayo TD to enter discussions on bid for seat in Galway West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Mayo TD John O’Mahony says he’ll enter discussions with Fine Gael about the possibility of running for a seat in Galway West at the next general election.
The former Galway football manager lives at the edge of the Mayo constituency – which lost 10,000 voters to Galway West during boundary changes introduced in 2012.
Currently, Galway West has two sitting Fine Gael TDs – Sean Kyne and Brian Walsh, while Mayo has four Fine Gael deputies and one Fianna Fáil TD.
Deputy O’Mahony says the party will make the final decision.

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HSE Chief Highlights Progress At Hospitals In The West Following Cyber Attack

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom:

The Chief Operations Officer of the HSE says there has been huge progress at hospitals in the West as they recover from last month’s cyber attack.

The ransomware attack on the HSE’s IT systems saw numerous services and outpatient appointments cancelled at UHG, Merlin Park and Portiuncula hospital.

Earlier this week the Oireachtas Health Committee heard that the overall cost to the HSE of the attack could amount to half a billion euro.

Speaking on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan earlier, HSE Chief Operations Officer Anne O’ Connor says while the situation has improved at hospitals in the West there are still a number of challenges:

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City Council Defers Motion To Adopt National Park City Status

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom:

Galway City Council has deferred voting on a motion calling for Galway to adopt National Park City status.

The motion was brought before the council by Green Party Councillor Niall Murphy at this week’s pre-draft plan consultation process meeting for the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029.

The motion tabled by Councillor Murphy called for a recommendation to be added to the new City Development Plan that Galway will adopt the National Park City initiative mission statement.

The National Park City for Galway initiative, which President Michael D Higgins is a patron of, seeks to make the city a greener, safer, sustainable and wilder environment where people value, benefit from, and are strongly connected to the rest of nature.

The designation was formally launched in 2019 when London became the first city in the world to claim this status.

At this week’s City Development Plan meeting, the City Manager Brendan McGrath explained his recommendations for the motion and why he was urging caution.

Mr McGrath said he fully backed the spirit of the concept but warned it could have far reaching implications for planning and economic development in the city.

He said many of its aims are also supported through other plans and strategies at city level such as the Heritage Plan and Climate Adaptation Strategy.

Mr McGrath added that designating a city as a national park does not match the criteria for national park status in Ireland and warned it could impact ambitious projects such as the Cappagh Aquatic Centre and the major redevelopment of Sandy Road.

Mr McGrath’s comments were echoed by several Councillors who said they would like to be fully briefed on all the possible implications of the initiative before deciding whether or not to include the proposal in the new City Development Plan.

Ultimately the motion was deferred after a roll call vote, with 11 in favour of the deferral, five against and two absent, and it will be reviewed again later in the development plan process.

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304 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 304 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening.

47 coronavirus patients are in hospital, with 13 in intensive care.

210 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Ireland so far.

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