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Minister to put Aran Islands PSO flights out to tender again as Aer Arann to cease the service in December

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The department of the Gaeltacht has this tea-time issued a statement on Aer Arann’s decision to end its PSO flights to the Aran Islands from December.
The points to note are that the Department is to seek public tenders again for the service, and also that Minister Joe McHugh is to meet island representatives next week about this development concerning vital infrastructure for the islands.
Here is the statement from the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in full
STATEMENT:
Galway Aviation Services Ltd (trading as Aer Árann) has announced that it will be surrendering its contract to provide air services to the Aran Islands on 6th December 2018. The Department will be putting arrangements in place to seek public tenders in relation to those services as a matter of priority.
The Minister is seeking a meeting with representatives of the three island communities next week to discuss same and to assure them of his Department’s commitment to the continuation of this service from December onwards.
The Minister has stressed that both he and the Department’s priority is to ensure continuity of transport services for island communities. He looks forward to a constructive engagement with representatives of the island communities and to progressing a new tender as a matter of urgency.

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Uber taxi service launches in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin. 

The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.

The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year. 

Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.

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Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.

The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.

A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.

While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.

Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.

While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.

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Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.

The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.

There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.

A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.

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