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New inshore lifeboat for Clifden RNLI

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The lifeboat crew in Clifden have been familiarising themselves with their new boat, an Atlantic 85

The crew is also awaiting the delivery of an all-weather lifeboat, which will be trialled in Clifden for a year, to work alongside an inshore lifeboat.

The new lifeboat replaces the Atlantic 75 lifeboat that has been on service in the station since 1999.

The lifeboat called the Joyce King can operate in conditions up to a force seven and further to the Atlantic 75, allows for a fourth crewmember, more survivors and more kit onboard.

The new lifeboat has been made possible by a legacy from John Charles King of Lincolnshire in England, whose connection with the area hasn’t been established.

Four out of ten RNLI callouts occur in the hours of darkness and this new boat carries a searchlight, night vision equipment and illumination paraflares

Clifden RNLI’s Atlantic 75 will go on to serve at another lifeboat station in Enniskillen.

In the fourteen years the Benjamin Downing Fairbridge Atlantic 75 lifeboat was in Clifden it launched 115 times and brought 97 people to safety.

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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Athenry, Loughrea, Gort and Headford now priorities for transport studies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry, Loughrea, Headford and Gort are now priorities for upcoming transport studies.

Systra Ltd will carry out some of the studies, which must also align with each Local area plan.

The studies will look at modes of travel, options for new Active Travel measures and a traffic management plan.

Councillor Andrew Reddington explains how this has come about and outlines how it will work in Headford, for example

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Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.

Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.

At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.

While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.

Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.

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