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Minister accused of being ‘out of touch’ with Connemara seaweed farmers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister of State Damien English has been accused of being oblivious to the concerns of seaweed harvesters across Connemara.
It’s after a bill was brought forward in the Dáil, which aims to protect the traditional claim to seaweed harvesting rights by local people.
The bill, which is being lead by Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly, outlines the development of the sector for the primary benefit of local communities.
Harvesters across Connemara have long expressed concern over bigger companies obtaining licences to harvest seaweed over large sections of the coastline.
Speaking in the chamber, Minister with responsibility Damien English said while he welcomed debate, the Government could not support the bill as it is unbalanced.
However, he indicated that he hoped to make a significant announcement on wild seaweed harvesting in the coming weeks.
The bill was strongly supported by Fianna Fail – with Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv suggesting that Minister English is out of touch.
Deputy Catherine Connolly, who led the bill, was also less than impressed with Minister English:

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NUI Galway coordinates first in man clinical trial of pioneering approach heart bypass surgery

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A high-level research team from NUI Galway is coordinating the first in man trial of a pioneering approach to bypass surgery.

The study will see surgeons plan and carry out coronary artery bypass grafting, based solely on non-invasive CT images of the patient’s coronary arteries.

The location and severity of blockages are assessed using CT scans after dye is put in a vein of the arm, without the need for invasive catheterisation.

The trial is being lead by the University’s CORRIB Research Centre for Advanced Imaging and Core Lab.

Researchers say the results of the trial have the potential to simplify the treatment for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting.

The study is being conducted across Europe on 114 patients who have severe blockages in multiple vessels which are limiting blood flow to the heart muscle.

Chairperson of the trial and NUIG Professor Patrick Serruys says the results could lead to a dramatic change in health care.

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HSE and County Council launch ‘Keep Well during COVID-19’ campaign

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council in partnership with the HSE has launched the ‘Keep Well during COVID-19’ campaign.

The campaign includes a free 20-page information booklet and video series with advice aimed at older adults dealing with the challenges of the pandemic.

The initiative aims to help older people to mind their physical and mental health and wellbeing over the coming months.

It includes information on staying active and the benefit of developing a meaningful routine.

The booklet is available from the Galway County Community Call Helpline by calling Freephone 1800 92 88 94 or 091 509 390, while the accompanying videos are available on the Community Healthcare West YouTube channel.

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HSE confirms replacement GP secured for Kilconnell Health Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has confirmed that a replacement GP for Kilconnell Health Centre in Ballinasloe has been secured.

The matter was raised at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West, which heard the current position will become vacant in February.

Elsewhere in Galway, it was revealed that there are five vacant positions for GP’s participating in the General Medical Services scheme.

These are currently filled on a temporary basis for periods between one and five years pending permanent replacements being found.

It was also noted that the longest unfilled GP position in the region is on Inis Oírr and Inis Meáin, where a temporary locum GP has been operating since August 2018.

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