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Oughterard residents to experience water disruptions this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Residents in the Oughterard area are being advised to expect disruption to the water supply this week – starting tomorrow. (27/8)
It’s due to the flushing of the water network from tomorrow until Friday.
Disruptions will be experienced each day between the hours of 9am and 5pm.

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Revaluation of rateable properties in Galway’s local authority areas to be deferred

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The revaluation of rateable properties in Galway’s local authority areas is to be deferred.

Due to COVID-19, the Minister for Local Government has today agreed with the Commissioner of Valuation to defer the process for commercial and industrial properties until 2022.

Deferrals have also been confirmed for local authorities in Clare, Donegal, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Kerry and Mayo.

New valuations arising from the revaluation of these local authorities will now be finalised in September 2022 and become effective for rates purposes from 2023 onwards.

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Peter Mulryan to feature on TG4 documentary tonight

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway man Peter Mulryan is to feature on a television documentary tonight where he will recount his time at the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam.

He was born in the Regional Hospital, Galway in 1944 and six days later was sent to the Mother and Baby Home in Tuam.

When he was due to marry, he became curious about his birth mother and embarked on a journey from the Home in Tuam to the Magdalene laundries in Galway where he found his mother.

He managed to form a relationship with her prior to her death.

However it wasn’t until he met local historian Catherine Corless in Tuam that he discovered that he may have a sister who was born in the Home in Tuam.

The documentary was first broadcast in 2018.

Pater Mulryan tells his story on Finné on TG4 at 9:30pm.

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Local public hospital authority to outsource 12,000 patients through National Treatment Purchase Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Saolta Hospital Group has been funded to outsource over 12 thousand patients through the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

The matter arose at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West, which heard concerns about waiting lists at Galway’s public hospitals, which have grown even more during Covid-19.

The Saolta Group oversees 7 hospitals in the West and North-West – including UHG, Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, and Merlin Park Hospital.

This week’s meeting of the Regional Health Forum West heard concerns about public patients being treated at private hospitals.

One issue discussed was the national deal to use 30 percent capacity at private hospitals due to Covid-19.

Chief Operations Officer Anne Cosgrove admitted it was not enough, and would never be enough, to deal with the pressure on the hospitals in the Saolta group of public hospitals.

However she said because of the “catch-up” needed, they would continue to work with private hospitals and try to build on the arrangements already in place.

Since the deal with private hospitals was established last year, 517 patients at UHG have been outsourced to private hospitals, while a further 20 have been referred from Portiuncula.

It was also confirmed this week that funding has been secured to outsource 12 thousand patients from across the Saolta Group, through the National Treatment Purchase Fund.

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