Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Marine Institute has been given the go ahead to replace the Celtic Voyager with a new state of the art research vessel, which will be based in Galway.
Funds to replace the 20 year old ship have been earmarked in the National Development Plan.
The new vessel will be 20 metres longer than its predecessor and will be specially designed to operate in the harsh conditions off the west coast for up to 21 days at a time.
The replacement vessel is expected to be complete in 2021, and will be used by The Marine Institute, the Geological Survey of Ireland as well as other state agencies and universities.
CEO of the Marine Institute, Peter Heffernan says that the Celtic Voyager 2 will follow its predecessor’s example of exemplary service.
New temporary Emergency Department to open at UHG in coming weeks
GBFM Newsroom – A new temporary Emergency Department is set to open at UHG in the coming weeks.
The temporary unit is needed for the construction of a major new block at the hospital, incorporating a brand new permanent emergency department as well as maternity services.
However, that project is still at a very early stage – meaning the new temporary ED will likely be in place for a number of years.
A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard that it’s expected the unit will open in the coming weeks.
Councillor John Connolly spoke after the meeting.
Anger over exclusion of Ballinasloe representatives at meeting with Drew Harris
GBFM News – It’s deeply unfair that there was no representation from Ballinasloe at a recent meeting with Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
That’s according to Councillor Declan Geraghty, who raised the matter at a meeting of the local district.
Commissioner Harris met with the County Joint Policing Committee recently, to discuss a new policing model for Galway, as well as local concerns.
The current membership of the JPC doesn’t include any representatives from the Ballinasloe district.
That’s something Councillor Geraghty says is not right.
Galway has new half-a-millionaire after Euromillions draw
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway player has scopped half a million euro in the latest EuroMillions Plus draw.
McCanns Centra in Moycullen sold the winning ticket yesterday.
The winning numbers were 23, 32, 35, 42, 50.
Players in the county are being urged to check their tickets and make contact with the National Lottery team.