Galway Bay fm newsroom – Government funding will not be provided to help an Oranmore man receive cancer treatment in New York.
The 40 year old father-of-three was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer and has seen specialists in Galway and Dublin hospitals.
The recommendation is that he receive a special procedure at world-renowned Sloan-Kettering Cancer Centre in New York.
The cost of the treatment and aftercare is estimated at 150 thousand euro.
The family has been approved for 40 thousand euro under the Government’s Treatment Abroad Scheme, but only for medical treatment within Europe at a clinic in France.
However it’s understood that the New York treatment has better health outcomes.
Speaking in the Seanad, Galway Senator Fidelma Healy-Eames asked that the Minister for Health re-direct the money to cover the cost of the New York treatment.
However, Minister Dinny McGinley, replying on behalf of the Health Minister, James Reilly, said it would not be possible to fund the American treatment.
LISTEN: Galway men and women are encouraged to get a donor card on this Father’s Day
Men and women all over the county are being encouraged to get a donor card this father’s day as a family from Mountbellew are sharing their story to increase awareness around the gift of organ donation.
Just under two years ago, Patrick Browne, who works as a nurse in the neurology department at University Hospital Galway, donated part of his liver to save his now six-year-old daughter Sadhbh’s life.
The Irish Kidney Association advises that whilst many things have been put on pause during the Covid-19 pandemic, the need for organ donation and transplantation continues.
Speaking to John Mulligan, Patrick Browne said that holding a donor card is a phenomenal gift that can keep someone alive.
The Irish Kidney Association encourages individuals who wish to support organ donation to keep the reminders of their decision available by carrying the organ donor card, permitting Code 115 to be included on their driver’s licence and having the ‘digital organ donor card’ APP on their smartphone.
Organ Donor Cards can be obtained by phoning the Irish Kidney Association on 01-6205306 or Free text the word DONOR to 50050. You can also visit the website www.ika.ie/get-a-donor-card or download a free ‘digital organ donor card’ APP to your phone.
Archbishop Micheal Neary celebrates golden jubilee of his ordination
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The weekend is a special one in the Tuam Diocese as it is almost fifty years to the day since Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary was ordained to the Priesthood.
Born in Castlebar, County Mayo, Archbishop Neary received his early education at St. Patrick’s Boys National School, Castlebar, and St Jarlath’s College in Tuam.
Following his studies at St Patrick’s College Maynooth, He was ordained to the priesthood on 15 June 1971.
On 20 May 1992, he was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Tuam and Titular Bishop of Quaestoriana by Pope John Paul II.
Following the resignation of Archbishop Joseph Cassidy, he was named Archbishop of Tuam on 17th January 1995.
Farming group says over 7,000 Galway farmers will benefit from CAP redistribution proposals
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Over 7,000 Galway farmers will benefit from the proposed redistribution of the CAP scheme.
That’s according to the Irish Natura & Hill Farmers Association which is contesting the narrative that the current CAP proposals will undermine the income of Irish farmers.
The group argues over 72,000 farmers, including 7,413 Galway farmers, will benefit from a full flattening of payments.
This represents 60% of all farmers nationwide and 63% of farmers in county Galway.
The INHFA says the flattening would see all farmers paid a national average of €265 per hectare by 2026 – while in Galway annual payments would increase to €6.5 million.
Spokesperson for the INHFA Brendan Joyce says the current proposals will deliver for the vast majority of Irish and Galway farmers.
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