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Minister says closure of Ballinasloe pyschiatric unit was premature

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Junior Fine Gael Minister Ciaran Cannon has described the planned closure of St. Brigid’s psychiatric unit in Ballinasloe as ‘premature’.

The Galway East TD has questioned the timing of the decision by the HSE.

The 22 acute bed ward will be wound down later this year and will instead be used to provide enhanced community based mental health care.

The reconfiguration means 22 such beds will be maintained in Roscommon with 35 beds in the city.

Minister Cannon says it’s impossible in that short time frame to put in place all of the community based services and a strong GP network which could lead to a reduction in the need for acute beds.

He refers to the process of change in the Cavan-Monaghan region which he argues took a number of years, not weeks.

Minister Cannon will be meeting with Health Minister James Reilly and Minister Kathleen Lynch next month to voice his concerns.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, he says a detailed implementation plan should be prepared and communicated to all interested parties prior to any action being taken.

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Galway Port increases capacity with the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Port is increasing its capacity to make way for the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines.

Arderroo Wind Farm in Connemara is expecting 22 more turbines in total, with one shipment having arrived just this morning. (06/07)

It’s the sixteenth wind turbine project the port has worked on, which is increasing its profile as an energy hub.

CEO, Conor O’Dowd, says it’s a very important project for them:

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Local TD demands support for farmers with cost of shearing sheep

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Sean Canney says the Government must put a scheme in place to support farmers in the shearing of sheep.

It follows the recent publication of a long-awaited Wool Feasibility Study, which recommends a range of measures to develop and market Irish wool.

Deputy Canney says while it’s all hugely positive news, farmers do need some help in the meantime – such as a €5 shearing grant per sheep.

Speaking to Galway Talks, he says there is huge potential for wool in our economy.

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City language school calls for state funding to support free English lessons for Ukrainians

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city language school is calling on the Government to provide funding to meet the enormous demand for English lessons from Ukrainian refugees.

Galway Language School, based at Bridge Mills, is providing free classes during the summer months.

But it says it cannot meet the huge demand for the lessons, which it argues will help refugees to integrate and take up jobs in many sectors.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Director Patrick Creed says the state urgently needs to provide support.

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