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Nursing union warns understaffed services at UHG must be curtailed for safety

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has issued a warning that understaffed services at UHG must be curtailed for safety reasons.

It comes as UHG is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today with 43 people waiting on trolleys or along wards at the facility.

INMO officials met with senior hospital group management this week in a bid to establish which services the group planned to withdraw or curtail due to understaffing.

Union officials warned that Saolta management should be “gravely concerned” due to the high levels of missed care, delayed care and poor patient outcomes arising from the number of nursing and midwifery vacancies.

The INMO estimates that there are over 200 such vacancies in the Saolta group alone.

Anne Burke is Industrial Relations Officer for Galway – she says the situation cannot continue – for more on this story tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Funding sanctioned to support sport and language skills in 46 Galway schools

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 350 thousand euro has been allocated to 46 Galway schools to support sports and language skills.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht approved the funding which will enable the teaching of football, hurling and handball skills at 35 primary and 11 secondary schools in Galway.

The programme will run in schools for the next three years in tandem with the Government’s action plan for the Irish Language.

Over 600 pupils will benefit from the programme on an annual basis in schools across Connemara, the Aran Islands, in Gaeltacht areas of Galway City and in Thuar Mhic Éadaigh in Mayo.

More at 10 as Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Galway West TD Sean Kyne says it’s a good venture to promote Irish through sport…

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259 domestic violence orders granted in Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Judges granted domestic violence orders to 259 people in Galway last year.

Figures obtained from the Courts Service through freedom of information show 227 such applications were refused in Galway for the period.

43 percent of applications for domestic violence orders in Dublin and Cork last year were refused.

More at 9 as Sarah Benson, the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, says the statistics are a concern…

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Galway 2020 set to host 1900 events next

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The city and county are set to play host to 1,900 events across 154 projects as part of Galway 2020’s European Capital of Culture.

The programme was officially launched in Eyre Square last evening with a colourful performance spectacle.

In recognition of Ireland’s historic traditions, the programme will be based around the four fire seasons of Ireland’s ancient Celtic calendar.

Galway 2020 will begin on February the 1st with what organisers describe as a week-long of fiery celebrations erupting in towns and villages across the county.

This will culminate in a large public ceremony and spectacle on February 8th in Galway city.

Other highlights include Druid Theatre which will take Ireland’s greatest 20th century one-act plays to towns and villages across the county.

Connemara landscape will also be illuminated as part of the programme in a spectacle by Finnish light artist Kari Kola.

Galway will also join with Boston, Belfast and Nashville to host concerts by transatlantic stars of country, blues, gospel, folk and bluegrass.

The European Capital of Culture which began in 1985 aims to provide Europeans with opportunities to learn more about each other’s cultures, to enjoy their shared history and values and to experience the feeling of belonging to the same European community.

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