Galway bay Fm newsroom
The mother of the little Nigerian boy, Solomon Soremekun, who died following an incident in a lift at Hynes’ Buildings, Galway earlier this week is understood to have been too distraught to attend his funeral today.
The father of the three-year-old boy was among the large number of mourners at the prayer service in the mortuary at Galway’s University Hospital this afternoon and afterwards when he was laid to rest in Bohermore Cemetery.
At the request of the mother each person attending carried a lighted candle, both at the service in the mortuary and at the graveside. Afterwards the lighted candles were placed on the grave.
Mayor of Galway City Cllr Pardaic Conneely, who has met the parents a number of times in recent days was asked to speak at the graveside as was a representative of the Nigerian embassy in Dublin.
Investigations into the incident during which the little boy was trapped in the lift shaft last Monday afternoon are continuing.
Fresh calls to renew Galway Dublin bus route in east Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – This week’s meeting of Galway County Council heard renewed calls for the re-instatement of the Galway to Dublin bus route that had been providing a service in the east of the county.
Councillors from the Ballinasloe and Loughrea areas stated that the ending of the service this week was a serious blow to commuters and a backward step for rural Ireland.
Another kick for rural Ireland is how Councillor Ivan Canning from Portumna described the decision by Bus Éireann to end the hourly bus service that took in the towns and villages of east Galway. Councillor Jimmy McClearn said that cities now seemed to be all important and that rural Ireland is the poor relation.
Ballinasloe and Loughrea area Councillors such as Dermot Connolly, Pat Hynes, Shane Curley, Michael ‘Mogie’ Maher and P.J. Murphy all spoke against the change to the bus service.
Councillor Evelyn Parsons said it was a strange decision given the policy of keeping as many cars as possible on the roads low and Councillor Geraldine Donohue expressed concern for students traveling to and from Galway city. She said they could now be left for a lengthy period waiting for transport at the Galway station.
Councillor Alistar McKinstry suggested that Bus Éireann be invited to the County Council to explain the reasoning behind the decision.
County Cathaoirleach, Peter Keaveney urged all Councillors to contact their Dáil and Seanad colleagues in a an effort to have the decision reversed.
Man arrested in connection with serious assault in Tuam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault which took place in Tuam earlier this month.
Father of two Adrian Ansbro, a well known electrical contractor, was assaulted at Foster Place in the town in the early hours of July 11th.
He was stabilised at UHG following the incident and later transferred to Beaumount Hospital.
His condition has since been described as stable and improving.
An Garda Síochána have arrested and charged a man in connection with the incident.
The man, who is aged in his late teens, is to appear before a sitting of Ballina District Court this morning.
Concern as GUH has one of highest patient waiting lists nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom –
Galway University Hospitals Group has one of the highest patient waiting lists nationwide.
Close to 60 thousand unscheduled appointments remain on waiting lists for inpatient and outpatient services at the city’s two public hospitals..
That’s according to Sinn Fein Galway West TD Mairead Farrell who says the health service is facing a tsunami of delayed and missed care.
She argues GUH needs investment in urology and general surgery as more than four thousand people remain on lists for each service – with more than 45% of urology patients waiting for over a year.
Meanwhile, over five thousand children are also on waiting lists between UHG and Merlin Park.
It comes as Sinn Fein has launched its €914 million ‘Tackling Waiting Lists’ plan.
Deputy Farrell says the proposal seeks to give the health service the resources it needs to improve treatment for patients…