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Plans lodged for new ambulance base at Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a new ambulance base at Merlin Park Hospital.
The long-awaited project has been surrounded by controversy – with ambulance crews forced to spend recent years in temporary accommodation often described as ‘unsafe’.

In 2014, the ambulance base at University Hospital Galway was temporarily moved to the Merlin Park site to facilitate the construction of a car park.
It was initially intended to be a short-term measure lasting several months.
However, years later ambulance staff remained at the so-called temporary facilities at Merlin Park – in conditions that were often described as ‘an insult’ to those working there.
Late last year, they were forced to return to the grounds of UHG as a rat infestation was confirmed at the prefab base at Merlin Park Hospital.
However, there’s now light at the end of the tunnel on the long-running saga as the HSE has finally lodged plans for a brand new permanent ambulance base at Merlin Park.
The project comprises a 613m2 primary building with integral garage space, 2 attached canopied parking bays and 19 canopied parking bays for emergency vehicles.
The project would also involve alterations to existing access roads and car parking facilities as well as general signage at Merlin Park.
A decision from city planners on the proposed new ambulance base at Merlin Park is due by the end of next month

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30 new jobs as Domino’s Pizza opens in Oranmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Domino’s pizza has opened a new store in Oranmore, creating 30 jobs for the locality.

The new premises is located in Oranmore Town Centre.

The jobs added include pizza chefs, customer service staff and delivery drivers.

Justin Ward, Franchisee at Oranmore Domino’s said: We’re excited to open a new store in Oranmore, allowing us to deliver our delicious menu of handcrafted pizzas to even more of our loyal customers across Galway. 

“We’re also on the lookout for exceptional people to be part of our in-store team. More than 80% of our store managers start their careers as an in-store team member, so these roles offer a great opportunity for ambitious people looking to grow and build a career with the nation’s best-loved pizza company!” 

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Gardai to ramp up checkpoints across city in run-up to Christmas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Gardai are to ramp up checkpoints across the city in the run-up to Christmas.

Over the next few weeks, they aim to carry out over 1,500 checkpoints to test for alcohol and drugs.

This afternoon’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee heard that drug-driving is becoming far more common.

Roadside tests can now detect a far greater range of drugs than before, and in a much faster timeframe.

Garda Chief Superintendant Gerry Roche had this to say following the meeting.

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Galway GP warns of dangers of recreational use of laughing gas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway GP Martin Daly is warning of the dangers of laughing gas on people’s health.

It’s as there has been an increase of patients suffering nerve damage after inhaling nitrous oxide gas.

It is illegal to sell laughing gas for human consumption, but it is easily obtained online and is growing in popularity for use as a recreational drug.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Dr Martin Daly explains the negative impacts the drug can have on those who use it regularly.

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