Galway Bay fm newsroom- The building of modular theatres at Merlin Park is to be delayed by a number of months.
The HSE has confirmed that it has terminated its letter of intent to the provider of the orthopaedic surgery theatres at Merlin Park.
The HSE states it has failed to reach an agreement with the supplier on the terms of the contract – despite the elapse of a significant time period.
Assistant National Director and Estates manager Joe Hoare told today’s Health Forum meeting that the current procurement method has not worked and they will be now looking at an alternative mechanism – and whether it will be a capital or rental investment.
Joe Hoare states as both parties are unable to agree, it is in the best interests of the project to end the contract with the provider.
He insists that only a couple of months will be lost.
He also states that the HSE hopes to make use of the current planning application as part of the revised strategy.
The Estates manager says he hopes planning permission will be granted by this summer.
Councillor Padraig Conneely says says the announcement has confirmed his worst fears.
Five weeks ago, Galway City Council raise concerns about the ecological impact of the modular build development would have on Merlin Woods and sought further information.
To date, the HSE has yet to respond.
The body has 6 months to respond to the council regarding further information.
Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.
The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.
Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.
Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.
Motorists are advised to expect some delays.
Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.
New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.
This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.
The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.
Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.
Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.
She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.
She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.
Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.