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Mental Health Minister reaffirms no u-turn on Ballinasloe bed closures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister with responsibility for mental health says there’ll be no u-turn on psychiatric bed closures at St.brigid’s hospital in Ballinasloe.

Kathleen Lynch is also hitting out at what she called ‘scaremongering’ over the issue.

150 people gathered at St Brigid’s in Ballinasloe to protest and prevent the removal of beds.

A plan to take away 22 beds was first announced last summer, as part of the ‘Vision for Change’ plan.

This morning Minister Lynch is rejecting claims that other facilities in Galway and Roscommon are overcrowded.

And she says she’s determined to follow through on the changes.

Meanwhile, at least two bus loads of campaign members opposed to the removal of the acute psychiatric beds will travel to Daíl Eireann today.

Fianna Fail Senators are expected to raise the issue in the Seanad this afternoon, calling for an independent review of the decision.

A vigil is also being maintained on site to prevent the removal of any more beds from St. Brigids.

Arthur Carr of the Galway East life support group says protestors intend to step up their campaign today.

 

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts are continuing to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort.

Due to the depletion of water in the reservoir, there will be an outage until approximately 8 tonight to allow levels to recover.

Galway County Council working in partnership with Irish Water say there may be further outages overnight, but every effort will be made to restore supply to all areas as soon as possible.

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Step forward in redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in the redevelopment of Ceannt Station as a major transport hub, with the opening of the tender process.

The Department of Transport and URDF funded plan aims to transform the station area as integrated public transport hub.

Speaking as the tender process was announced Transport Minister Eamon Ryan said the ease of transfer between rail and bus at the upgraded train station will support the compact and sustainable growth of the city.

Subject to the tender process and funding approvals, Iarnród Éireann envisages awarding the main construction contract by mid-2023, with a construction phase of 30 months.

The work will include a new entrance and facade, new customer facilities, enhanced connectivity and interchange between rail and bus services and a new roof on the existing train hall to transform the platform and circulation areas into bright spaces.

Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton said this investment, along with progress in delivering BusConnects Galway, will provide more options on how people can travel to,from and around the city and county.

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Clár na gComhlachtaí launched at Connemara school by Junior Gaeltacht Minister

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Today saw the official launch of Clár na gComhlachtaí, the Student Enterprise Programme, provided by Údarás na Gaeltachta in partnership with Junior Achievement Ireland (JAI).

The hands-on business learning experience was launched in in Coláiste Cholmcille in the Connemara Gaeltacht today by Minister for State for the Gaeltacht and Government Chief Whip, Jack Chambers

Clár na gComhlachtaí encourages budding entrepreneurs in Transition Year in the Gaeltacht areas of Cork, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Meath, Kerry and Waterford to develop their own mini-enterprises and compete in a national final.

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