Galway Bay fm newsroom – The development of new facilities for cancer patients at University Hospital Galway are likely to be delayed as a result of funding pressure in the health service.
It’s as Simon Harris has advised the Finance Minister that the health service is facing a funding gap of over €100m in it’s capital plan for 2018.
It’s after it was revealed this week that the HSE is, overall, running an overspend of up to €600m – which could seriously affect the upcoming budget.
The capital budget for this year was set at just under half a billion euro.
However, according to the Irish Times, correspondence between Simon Harris and Pascal Donohue reveal there is a significant hole in that budget.
It follows revelations this week that the health service is running an overspend of around €600m – which could severely impact the upcoming budget.
Now, it’s reported that a shortfall of €109m in the capital budget for 2018 means a number of projects will be slowed down or delayed – likely pushing them into the budget for next year.
These include a planned new radiation oncology unit at University Hospital Galway, as well as a new acute psychiatric unit in Sligo and renal unit at Tallaght Hospital.
It’s reported the funding deficit could also mean about half of the HSE’s planned programme for replacement of equipment and ambulances will not go ahead.
File for DPP over seizure of Cannabis in Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A file is being prepared for the DPP over the seizure of Cannabis in Oranmore.
Shortly after 6.30 on Saturday evening, Gardaí at Oranmore Garda Station conducted a search of a house in the village.
They found a number of suspected cannabis plants worth an estimated €8 thousand, as well as cannabis herb with a street value of almost €4 thousand.
Two men – one aged in his 30’s and the other in his late teens – were arrested at the scene and taken to the Garda Regional Headquarters in Renmore.
Both were later released without charge and a file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Mixed reaction to NUIG using a reflective essay as a sanction for breaking COVID rules
Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway says a controversial ‘reflective essay’ for students who breach Covid-19 rules is just one of a range of sanctions in place at the university.
In a statement, it says the sanctions which can be imposed include fines, letters of apology to impacted staff, reflective essays, formal cautions, suspensions or expulsions.
There’s been a mixed reaction to the 2 thousand word ‘reflective essay’ measure, which some students are required to write after viewing a documentary on Covid-19.
Some believe it is childish and akin to writing lines, while others argue it is a valuable lesson that will press home the reality of the virus to students.
NUI Galway says it has a student community of almost 19 thousand, and the vast majority have adhered to public health guidelines during the pandemic.
Green Party Councillor Martina O’ O Connor believes while the ‘reflective essay’ might seem a childish punishment at first, it is a worthwhile exercise.
She argues it will help to ensure that students understand the full reality of Covid-19 – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5
Report finds traffic in Galway city increased by 10% on first day of school reopening
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A report has found that traffic in Galway city increased by 10% on the first morning of the gradual reopening of schools this week.
The TII traffic counter on the N6 Bóthar na dTreabh recorded 3,162 car journeys between 7 am and 10 am on Monday March 1st.
According to the report, car journeys along Bóthar na dTreabh increased from 2,897 to 3,162 when compared to Monday of last week.
The data also reveals a 13% drop when compared to levels pre Level 3 restrictions last October however.
Countrywide, Level 5 restrictions were in place from 22nd October to 1st December and were reintroduced on 31st December 2020.
Nationally, there is a substantial week on week increase in traffic volumes as compared with Monday 22th February.
The study finds there remains a significant reduction in traffic volumes compared with volumes before the October Level 3 restrictions were put in place.