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Mental Health Minister to visit Galway counselling service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Mental Health is to visit Galway in October to see first hand the counselling work being carried out by Youth Work Ireland Galway.
It follows an 11th hour reprieve for the service last month – after the organisation pleaded with the Government for further support to keep its doors open.
The HSE has committed to ensuring the service remains open until at least the end of the year following a high level meeting held between Minister Jim Daly, Deputy Hildegarde Naughten and Junior Minister Ciaran Cannon.
The service operated by Youth Work Ireland Galway offers non-referral counselling to young teenagers in the city, Tuam, Ballinasloe and Loughrea.
Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly will now travel to Galway on October the 2nd to visit the organisation and see first hand the work being carried out.
Fine Gael Deputy Hildegarde Naughten says she’s hopeful the Minister will clearly see the need for the service to be funded into the future.

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New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks

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GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.

The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.

However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.

A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.

Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.

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Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris

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GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.

That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.

Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.

The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.

That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.

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Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.

McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.

The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.

Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.

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