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Plans for new apartments in Loughrea town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county council has approved plans for new apartments in Loughrea town.
Johnmarsha Limited has secured planning permission to renovate a protected structure with a new extension at Main Street.
The existing house on the first and second floor will be renovated into 5 apartments over 3 floors with car parking entrance from existing Castle Street entrance.
The development is subject to 9 planning conditions.
One conditions stipulates that site supervision and project management must be undertaken by suitably qualified people in the conservation of traditionally built structures.

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Galway Consultant calls on Government to use the lessons learned during the pandemic to modernise our hospitals

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A Galway Consultant Respiratory Physician is calling on the Government to use the lessons learned during the pandemic to be more ambitious in modernising our hospitals.

Dr Michael O’ Mahoney says some of our hospitals are now barely tenable as acute healthcare facilities.

The Oughterard consultant highlights how the pandemic has emphasised the lack of critical care and non-invasive ventilation beds in our hospitals , which still rely on multibed units with few single rooms.

Dr O’ Mahoney says the current plan of building three 500-bed elective hospitals to add to the system is woefully inadequate.

Speaking to Galway Talks earlier , Dr Michael O’ Mahoney says the pandemic has shown that existing hospitals need to be modernised to provide more single bed rooms to help prevent the spread of infection.

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Chairperson of Galway City Vintners hopeful the majority of restrictions affecting hospitality sector will be removed by March.

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

The Chairperson of the Galway City Vintners says he’s hopeful that the majority of restrictions affecting the hospitality sector will be removed by March.

NPHET has been meeting to make a series of recommendations to Government for exiting restrictions.

It’s expected the curfew on hospitality will be lifted as early as next week, full capacity sports grounds will be allowed along with increased capacity at live events; while a roadmap for the return to the office is also due.

An easing of Covid restrictions will happen ‘within days’ according to the Public Expenditure Minister.

Johnny Duggan of Taylor’s Bar Galway who is also Chair of the Galway City Vintners Federation says publicans want to get back to normal trading as soon as possible.

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Galway TD challenges Minister in Dáil over exclusion of carers from healthcare bonus

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A Galway TD has challenged the Minister for Public Expenditure in the Dáil over the exclusion of family and home carers from the pandemic bonus.

Frontline healthcare workers are to be given a 1 thousand euro bonus to recognise their efforts throughout COVID-19.

However, under the current plans, home and family carers are not eligible for the payment.

Addressing Minister Michael McGrath, Deputy Mairead Farrell pointed out they lost everything during the pandemic at very short notice.

She argued without their efforts, the Government would have been in a very serious predicament.

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