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North West MEP at top of parliamentary questions rankings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – North West MEP Jim Higgins put over 500 questions to the European Commission since 2009 – more than any other Irish MEP.

New figures reveal that MEP Higgins is ranked 19th out of a total of 754 European representatives in terms of parliamentary questions.

His submissions have focused on a variety of issues which affect the North West region including transport, fisheries and market competition.

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City councillor calls for Government action to tackle illegal short-term lettings in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city councillor has called for Government action to tackle illegal short-term lettings in Galway.

Labour Councillor Niall McNelis says the City Manager’s June report has highlighted the challenges which the Council faces in enforcing regulations on short-term lettings in the city.

The report stated that the time it takes to enforce legislation often allows landlords to operate unregistered short-term lets during the peak tourist season and then close them before legal proceedings are brought against them.

Under the current regulations, which were introduced in 2019, persons can let part of their main residence on an unlimited basis or all of their main residence on a limited basis for 90 days in total.

It comes as 50 short-term lettings are formally registered with Galway City Council at present and just five properties have planning permission.

Councillor Niall McNelis told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks short-term lettings are often hotspots for weekend house parties and take valuable housing stock off the market.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Outpatients clinics going ahead at UHG following systems failure last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Outpatient clinics will go ahead this week at UHG after some were forced to be cancelled last week due to a systems failure.

Hospital management say that while there has been improvements in many areas following the cyber attack, there are continuing glitches with connections to other systems.

Progress has been made with interfaces with health links improving and the processing of GP bloods now functioning again.

Some clinics were cancelled last Thursday and Friday after a system went down.

Chris Kane, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals, told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that although progress has been made, the situation is changeable due to challenges with connecting systems as the team enters week five since the ransomware attack on the HSE.

She says there has also been a significant return to hospital activity with 27 patients waiting on a bed at UHG this morning.

The hospital manager has urged the public to consider primary care services and minor injury units if possible to avoid long delays at the emergency department.

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Work gets underway on €13m redevelopment of Old Grove Hospital in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Work got underway today on the site of the €13 million redevelopment of the Old Grove Hospital in Tuam.

The project will see the site, which has been closed for 20 years, transformed into a modern mental health day hospital.

Planning permission was granted for the project at Vicar Street in 2017, which will involve the part-demolition, refurbishment and remodelling of the building in two phases.

Phase one will incorporate mental health and shared services while phase two would accommodate early intervention and disability services.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Deputy Sean Canney said the new hospital should be fully completed and staffed within 18 to 24 months.

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