The ambulance service in Galway is being stretched past safe limits – with only two vehicles on duty for the whole of Galway City at night – a Galway TD has warned.
Deputy Noel Grealish said that the service was “a tragedy waiting to happen” and he intended to raise the issue with the Minister for Health, Simon Harris.
“Between 8pm and 8am, only two ambulances are on duty in Galway City, and then from 8am to 8pm, there are only three ambulances on duty for the whole of a city with a population of 80,000 people.
“I think is absolutely ridiculous and I think it’s unsafe for the public who find themselves in life or death emergencies.
“If there is a serious traffic accident, two ambulances usually go to that, and then if there is another emergency situation, we don’t have an ambulance available in the city if it happens at night.
“Now I know there is a limited number of ambulances located elsewhere in the county, but by the time they would come from Clifden or Tuam or wherever, you could have a tragedy on your hands. It’s just unacceptable.”
The Galway West TD said that time was crucial in cases where people got a heart attack or a stroke or other medical emergency.
“The first hour is critical. If somebody gets a brain haemorrhage they always say the window to treat somebody is within an hour, so you have to have a service that can bring somebody as quickly as possible to the hospital where that person can be treated and maybe their life saved.
“I know of one case where a lady in Knocknacarra fell and she was more than two and a half hours waiting for an ambulance . . . that is unacceptable.
“Galway is technically the third largest city in Ireland, after Dublin and Cork, and to only have two ambulances on duty from 8pm to 8am is unacceptable.”
Deputy Grealish said that the problem was being compounded by people having to be brought to hospital as a result of drinking too much on a night out.
For more on this story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune.
No end in sight for work on junction near Galway Clinic
From the Galway City Tribune – The City Council has declined to set a date for the completion of the Martin roundabout replacement near Galway Clinic – which was due to have opened more than a month ago.
In a statement, the Council would only confirm that the project was over 50 per cent completed.
“The project is now progressing to the surface type works including the installation of roadside kerbs, provision of footpaths and cycle lanes and road surfacing. These elements of the works will progress quite rapidly over the next month and there will be more of an appreciation for the progress on this project and the final layout will start to become apparent,” said a spokesperson.
“Ducting and preparatory works for the traffic signal installation is in progress and installation of the lights themselves will commence once the majority of surface works are complete. The final phase of the works will consist of significant landscaping of the junction.”
Work began on the junction in February, with an expected six-month schedule.
“There have been some delays to the programme as a result of industry-wide, supply-chain issues related to the war in Ukraine. There has also been further delays due to rock being encountered on site.
Rock was expected, however the hardness of the rock has been greater than anticipated and as such, has been slower to break and excavate on site,” according to the Council.
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Galway Docklands Festival set to make a big splash in the city!
From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The city’s link to the sea is to be celebrated later this month with the staging of the inaugural Galway Docklands Festival featuring a range of culinary treats, sea tours, demonstrations and talks.
Running from the weekend of Friday, October 21 to Sunday, October 23, the event has the aim of celebrating the city’s bond with the sea and the local waterways network.
Organised by the Galway Hooker Sailing Club, Galway Bay Boat Tours and Galway Bay Seafoods, the spectacle has a packed schedule of events – many of them free – through each of its three days.
The ‘pay events’ – ranging from €5 to €15 – include a coffee morning, beer and seafood sampling as well as an historical boat tour of the Claddagh and Galway Bay (€15).
Boatbuilder Cóilín Ó hIarnáin will be giving free demonstrations of his skills on each of the three days; Ciaran Oliver will give a walking tour of the seafront (€10); while there will also be a free Galway Hooker rigging demonstration.
For the more adventurous, there are supervised powerboard ‘taster spins’ (€10) while for ‘the foodies’ the Galway Bay Seafoods fish’n’chips, the Hooker beer and seafood sampling, as well as the family cooking demonstrations – all priced at €10 each – look set to be big attractions.
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Mayor told to stay away from homecoming over funding snub
From the Galway City Tribune – The Mayor of Galway was asked to stay away from homecoming celebrations for extreme adventurer Damian Browne, the Galway City Tribune understands.
Mayor Clodagh Higgins was told that she was not to attend the event at the Docks on Tuesday as there had been disappointment in the ‘Project Empower’ camp that funding had not been made available from Galway City Council.
The Galway City Tribune has learned that Project Empower, which is led by Voluntary Manager MacDara Hosty, applied for €30,000 in funding from the local authority’s Marketing Fund in September 2021, but was deemed ineligible.
A spokesperson for Galway City Council confirmed this week that Project Empower did not meet the criteria set down by the fund which seeks to support the holding of major events and festivals in the city.
In documents seen by this newspaper, Project Empower proposed that Galway City Council be the title partner at a cost of €30,000 plus VAT.
The Tribune understands that the Council’s refusal to provide this funding was at the root of the Mayor’s snub on Tuesday, which drew attention online as members of the public questioned her absence.
When contacted, the Mayor refused to be drawn on questions relating to the Marketing Fund, but said it was her intention to offer a Civic Reception to Damian Browne at the nearest opportunity.
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