Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than 600 people have participated in a survey on the future of St Brigid’s Hospital in Ballinasloe.
The study is being led by Galway Roscommon Minister Denis Naughten.
He says the hospital is an iconic landmark in Ballinasloe and the site needs to be re-imagined.
The online survey, which was available on Minister Naughten’s website, invited the public to have its say on the future of the former hospital.
The project is being delivered in conjunction with Enterprise Ireland-backed start-up, Connect the Dots.
600 surveys have been completed by individuals and local organisations.
Suggestions for the future of the site include independent living facilities, an apprentice training centre, a third level education campus or a hospice.
Minister Naughten is hoping the survey’s findings will help to drive the development of the disused site.
Over 700 applicants on apprenticeship waiting lists in Roscommon/Galway area
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 700 applicants are on the apprenticeship system waiting list in the Roscommon/Galway area.
Sinn Féin Roscommon/Galway TD Claire Kerrane has accused the Government of hiding the full extent of the crisis in the system.
She says 67%, over 13,000 apprentices nationwide, are now on a waiting list to access off-site training.
This includes 735 on waiting lists from the Roscommon and Galway ETB area – with the majority of these specialising in electrical work and plumbing.
Deputy Kerrane says she has been contacted by numerous apprentices who are in despair over the situation.
She argues it’s having a serious impact on their education and finances.
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- The Taoiseach says the completion of the deal to buy 700,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine from Romania will help to speed up the vaccine roll-out through this month
- Locally, a new site has been secured for a respite service in east Galway. The four bed unit will provide full-time residential care for young people, under 18 years old, who were previously being care for in temporary respite accommodation
- In Cork, two people have died after a bus struck a number of parked cars and hit a pedestrian at Cork harbour in Monkstown
Strong attendance at Galway’s walk-in vaccination centres over bank holiday weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 800 people attended walk-in vaccination centres in Clifden and Galway Racecourse over the bank holiday weekend.
A walk-in center opened at Clifden Community School on Saturday morning and over 130 first-dose vaccinations were given.
A walk-in vaccination clinic also opened at Galway Racecourse yesterday and over 700 attendances were recorded.
Nationally, over 30 thousand people received a vaccine at walk-in facilities across the country over the weekend.
The HSE says the number of attendances outstripped their expectations and they may extend the operation of the centres.
Project Manager with Saolta, Frank Harburn, said it wasn’t just young people coming forward in Galway – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour