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Mental Health Commission says transfers to acute unit in UHG are within the rules

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Mental Health Commission says it has been notified of changes in the operational capacity of the Department of Psychiatry in UHG.

That’s despite concerns raised by Galway East TD Colm Keaveney who said the transfer of five beds from Ballinsloe acute psychiatric unit to the unit in UHG is not licenced.

The HSE says the restructuring is not about cost saving but investment, while the ‘vision for change’ policy is in line with best international practice.

The gradual wind-down of St. Brigid’s began last month with the transfer of five beds to the acute unit in UHG.

The overall reconfiguration involves three phases which will eventually see 50 such beds in UHG and 22 in Roscommon.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news the Mental Health Commission says UHG is registered to accommodate 43 residents and that these changes fall within its current registration parameters.

Deputy Keaveney says the Fianna Fail party will put forward a Bill of Notice to the Seanad on Tuesday week.

This will call on all Senators for support in having the decision reversed.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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