Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that the Department of Rural and Community Development has not spent any funds on the LEADER programme across Galway.
The latest programme opened four years ago, but Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte says no Galway grants have been approved to date.
Since 2014, almost 550 LEADER projects have been approved, and have had funding allocated to them.
However, Deputy Rabbitte says figures released to Fianna Fáil show neither of the two Galway Local Action Groups have been paid a cent.
She says this has serious implications for employment and economic opportunities across the county.
Deputy Rabbitte says the only money paid out through LEADER to Forum Connemara and GRD was for admin costs, but nothing has yet been paid out for the groups’ planned projects.
Significant delays at UHG with 70 waiting on trolleys
Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Patients are experiencing significant delays at UHG today, with 70 waiting on trolleys in the emergency department, acute surgical assessment unit and acute medical unit.
Saolta says the hospital has been seriously impacted by COVID-19 and has been treating the highest number of patients with the virus in the country since January 11th.
Currently there are 88 patients with COVID-19 being treated in the hospital, on four COVID-19 dedicated wards.
In addition there are three further wards closed due to outbreaks.
The Saolta group has warned that pressure on bed capacity is resulting in long delays for patients who need to be admitted for ongoing treatment.
The hospital is asking the public to contact their GP during normal surgery hours or the Westdoc GP Out of Hours service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.
Galway recorded over 4,000 COVID cases in first week of 2022
Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Galway recorded over 4,000 cases of COVID-19 in the first week of 2022.
The average age of cases during the period was 31.
The figures compiled by the Health Protection Surveillance Centre state that all data for this surge period is estimated.
Westmeath had the highest incidence rate in the first week of January, while Kerry had the lowest.
Seven Galway Gardaí injured after assaults while on duty last year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seven Gardaí in the Galway division were injured after being assaulted while on duty last year.
243 Gardaí nationwide received injuries while on duty in 2021.
According to freedom of information figures, it’s a 9% increase on 2020.
223 Gardaí got occupational injuries after being assaulted in 2020 – rising to 243 in 2021.
Of last year’s figures, 22 involved bone fractures or dislocations, and 15 were open wounds.
Four members received multiple injuries, which were serious.
Criminal barrister and Fine Gael senator, Barry Ward, says a Bill is currently going through the Oireachtas to address the issue.
58 of last year’s assaults were in Dublin, with 27 in Cork, 17 in Tipperary, and 16 in Limerick.