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Nurses’ chief says Micheál Martin ‘hasn’t been seen since election’

Dara Bradley

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Micheal Martin has endured a shower of complaints from former city councillor, Mary Leahy, about his lack of action on the crisis in the health service.

Bradley Bytes – A sort of political column by Dara Bradley

As the Dublin and Cork-based media drool over Micheál Martin, and marvel at Fianna Fáil’s comeback, not everyone is pleased with the Corkman’s performance.

She may be a former Fianna Fáil Galway City Councillor, but nurses’ chief Mary Leahy didn’t hold back when criticising the party leader.

As the First Vice President and Representative of INMO (Irish Midwives and Nurses Organisation), Mary knows a thing or two about the health service.

And she is less than impressed with the main opposition party’s approach to solving it.

“Micheál Martin has remained utterly silent on our health crisis,” miffed Mary on social media.

She was challenged on this but was resolute. Mary pointed out that Micheál Martin is in a leadership role, and is a former Minister for Health and yet he “remains quiet” on the problems impacting the health service.

She even suggested he feigned interest in University Hospital Galway during the election campaign. Shudder the thought.

Micheál, she said, was “eager to meet us (nurses)” at UHG “in preparation for last election” but there have been “no sightings since” and “no utterances”.

And how is Fianna Fáil faring on the issue of health? “Very poor”, according to Mary.

Whenever Micheál does surface, no doubt he’ll commission a report, which will gather dust like the myriad of other ones he commissioned while he was head honcho in health at Hawkins House.

Colette’s Clinton-esque crux

Hilary Clinton isn’t the only high-powered woman politician having problems with her emails.

Colette Connolly, the Independent Galway City Councillor, is having a spot of technology bother, too.

Though she isn’t the subject of an FBI investigation, like the former US secretary of State, the struggle is real for Colette.

She told her colleagues last week that she was having some sort of technological malfunction, and has “lost all my emails”.

Everyone, even her rivals, had some sympathy for Colette, bar Fine Gael’s Pádraig Conneely, who doesn’t use email and still relies on the tried-and-trusted fax machine, and postal service for communication.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway City publican in heroic River Corrib rescue

Francis Farragher

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A city publican who last week helped save the life of a woman who had entered the waters of the Corrib off Wolfe Tone Bridge has made an appeal for young people to ‘look out for each other’.

Fergus McGinn, proprietor of McGinn’s Hop House in Woodquay, had been walking close to Jury’s Inn when he saw the young woman enter the river.

He then rushed to the riverbank on the Long Walk side of the bridge, jumped into the water, spoke to the woman and stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.

The incident occurred at about 3.45pm on Friday last, and a short time later the emergency services were on the scene to safely rescue the woman.

“She was lucky in that the river level was very low and she didn’t injure herself on the rocks and stones just under the water.”

He also appealed to the public to support in whatever they could the work being done by groups like the Claddagh Watch volunteers.
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Pubs face court – for serving booze on their doorsteps!

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Gardaí have warned city publicans that alcohol cannot be served outside their own premises – even in newly-created on-street spaces designated by Galway City Council as suitable for outdoor dining.

Councillor Mike Crowe (FF) said three Gardaí visited a number of city centre pubs on Thursday afternoon informing them that drinking outdoors was not allowed under licensing laws.

“They warned publicans and restaurants that the area outside their premises is not covered by the licence, and therefore under national legislation, they are breaking the law, because they are not entitled to sell alcohol in non-licensed areas.

“The operators were told that this was an official warning, and they will be back again in a few days and if it persisted, they [Gardaí] would have no option but to issue a charge and forward files to the Director of Public Prosecution. You could not make this up.

“All of the big operators were visited, and received an official warning, and they will be charged if they persist. According to the guards, they’re getting instructions from [Garda headquarters in] Phoenix Park,” he said.

The matter will be raised at a meeting of the Galway City Joint Policing Committee on Monday.
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Call for 50% affordable homes in new Galway City Council estates

Stephen Corrigan

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The next Galway City Development Plan should include a greater provision for affordable housing than that recommended by Government, a meeting of the City Council has heard.

Cllr Declan McDonnell (Ind) told the meeting that while it was the Government’s intention to introduce a stipulation that new estates should have 10% affordable housing, Galway should go further – building anything up to 50% affordable in developments that are led by the local authority.

The Affordable Housing Bill, which is currently working its way through the Oireachtas, proposes that all developments should have 10% affordable and 10% social housing as a condition of their approval.

Affordable housing schemes help lower-income households buy their own houses or apartments in new developments at significantly less than their open market value, while social housing is provided by local authorities and housing agencies to those who cannot afford their own accommodation.

The Council meeting, part of the pre-draft stage of forming the Development Plan to run from 2023 to 2029, was to examine the overarching strategies that will inform the draft plan to come before councillors by the end of the year and Cllr McDonnell said a more ambitious target for affordable housing was absolutely necessary.

“It must be included that at least 50% of housing must be affordable [in social housing developments],” he said.

This sentiment was echoed by Cllr Eddie Hoare (FG) who questioned if the City Council was ‘tied down’ by national guidelines, or if it could increase the minimum percentage of affordable housing required locally.
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