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NUI Galway hosts public talk on organ donation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Organ donation and transplantation will be discussed at a public talk in the city on tomorrow.

The talk will centre on the findings of a comprehensive study on public attitudes to organ donation, and their importance in determining future public policy.

It’s ahead of a special tree planting event at the Circle of Life National Organ Donor Commemorative Garden at Quincentennial Park in Salthill on Saturday.

The garden is a joint development between Galway City Council and Galway-based charity, Strange Boat Donor Foundation.

The talk will take place in the Martin Ryan Institute Theatre at NUI Galway at 8 tomorrow evening.

Martina Goggin of the Strange Boat foundation says speakers will be sharing their personal stories.

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Transport Minister confirms Athenry to Oranmore rail study to begin shortly

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Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has received confirmation from Minister Eamon Ryan that the contract to carry-out a feasibility study on the rail line will be awarded in February, with the findings expected to be published by September.

Minister Ryan has previously confirmed that the planned double tacking of the line from Athenry to Galway is a priority for his department, while has also said the upcoming study is likely to identify a significant package of works to improve the section from Athenry to Oranmore.

It comes as the population of both Athenry and Oranmore has roughly doubled over the past twenty years, while an estimated 1,500 people commute from the region to Galway city everyday.

Deputy Cannon argues a frequent and reliable train service is needed to encourage people to use public transport and take cars off the road.

He says he fully expects the upcoming study will recommend a significant investment in rail line – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Galway Simon warns of serious challenges this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Simon Community is expressing concern over the challenges that lie ahead for the charity this year.

It says it has “deep concern” over what will happen when the moratorium on evictions is lifted and the true economic impact of Covid-19 unfolds.

It adds that while a decrease in those living in emergency accommodation last year is welcome, there’s been no decrease in numbers seeking help from the charity.

Galway Simon supported 614 households across the west during 2020, including 681 adults and 416 children.

CEO Karen Golden says many challenges lie ahead this year…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Portiuncula Hospital has country’s third highest number of patients waiting for beds

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has the third highest number of patients waiting for a bed today.

That’s according to figures from the INMO, which show there are currently 23 people at the hospital on trolleys or in wards.

University Hospital Limerick has the highest figure at 30, followed by Cork University Hospital at 24.

Meanwhile, there are currently 8 people on trolleys at University Hospital Galway today.

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