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Moycullen resident senior official seeks injunction preventing HSE from terminating his employment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Moycullen resident who is the CEO of a group that runs several public hospitals, including those in Galway, has launched a High Court challenge aimed at preventing the HSE from removing him from his role.

The action has been brought by Maurice Power who is the CEO of the Saolta Group, which runs public hospitals in counties Galway, Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Donegal.

Maurice Power has been the group CEO since October 2014, having previously held several other positions within the public health service, and has a salary of 151 thousand euro

The HSE is currently interviewing candidates for the position of CEO.

Mr Power applied for the job and was called to a preliminary interview, but he was not invited to the second round of interviews.

Counsel said it is his client’s case that he was wrongfully forced to apply for his own role and the recruitment process cannot lawfully be held.

His client appealed the decision not to include him in the second round and has also lodged a claim with the Workplace Relations Commission.

He claims that as a result of being employed on five successive fixed-term contracts he is now under the 2003 Protection of Employment Act entitled to be treated as having a Contract of Indefinite Duration in respect of his role as group CEO.

His counsel said that this claim is disputed by the HSE.

In proceedings against the HSE Mr Power of Homefarm, Moycullen seeks various orders, including an injunction preventing the HSE from terminating his employment as the group’s CEO.

He also seeks damages.

At the High Court yesterday Mr Power secured permission to serve short notice of his action against the HSE.

Permission was granted, on an ex parte basis only, by Ms Justice Leonie Reynolds.

The Judge made the action returnable to a date next week.

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Key points regarding the lifting of restrictions from 6 tomorrow morning, as confirmed by the Taoiseach in the live address to the nation brought to you here on Galway Bay fm

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From 6am tomorrow

  • closing time for hospitality and events will return to where it was before the pandemic.
  • Covid passes will no longer be needed for hospitality and indoor activities.
  • there will be no restrictions on capacity for indoor and outdoor events.
  • guidance in relation to household visits will no longer apply.

Also, The Taoiseach says a phased return to the physical workplace for all staff can now commence.

There are no changes to international travel rules – with Covid passes still required.

Face-masks will still be needed where they are currently required. The current protective measures for schools will also continue.

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Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley granted half the legal costs in failed challenge against restrictions on attending mass

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- The High Court has ruled that Galway businessman Declan Ganley is entitled to half of the legal costs he incurred for his challenge against the ban on attending religious services which operated at stages during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mr Justice Charles Meenan made the ruling today after holding that the Abbeyknockmoy businessman had raised points of general, public importance in his action.

These included the balance between the right to public worship and public health.

The Judge added that Mr Ganley is entitled to have half his legal costs, estimated to be a six-figure sum, paid by the Minister for Health.

The Minister’s lawyers had argued that the court should make no orders as to costs, meaning that each side would pay their own legal bills.

In December, the judge dismissed Mr Ganley’s action, where the Minister was the respondent and where Ireland and the Attorney General were notice parties, after holding that it had become moot or pointless.

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Bus Éireann 409 Parkmore route carried almost 1m passengers in 2021

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Bus Éireann’s 409 Parkmore route was by far the most popular bus service in the city last year, carrying over 900 thousand passengers.

Route 409 connects Eyre Square with the Parkmore Industrial Estate through the city centre, travelling along College Road, Dublin Road, and Doughiska Road.

Overall, Bus Éireann’s city fleet carried 3.2m passengers throughout 2021, with a recent KPMG report calculating the value to Galway City at €17m.

Galway became the first city in Ireland last year to introduce a fully hybrid electric-diesel bus service.

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