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President Higgins meets Galway diaspora during state visit to London

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A professor at NUI Galway has joined President Michael D Higgins at a youth event in London as part of the State visit.

Professor Pat Dolan is the UNESCO Chair on Children Youth and Civic Engagement.

The Galway participation in the historical visit has been significant- as the President continues to meet with Galway emigrants.

Last evening, President Higgins attended a State Banquet hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle.

Also in attendence were Garry Hynes of Druid and Ahascragh native, milliner Philip Treacy.

This morning, President Higgins and his wife Sabina took a tour of University College Hospital in London, and caught up with a number of Galway emigrants.

Nurse Aisling Clancy from Ballybrit and Matron for Surgery at the hospital, Paula O’Brien from Roundstone in Connemara, were delighted that he decided to visit.

President Higgins also met with 95-year-old Mary Talbot from Ballinasloe, who said she never thought she’s see the day when an Irish Head of State was a guest of Queen Elizabeth.

This evening, the President and Sabina will attend a Banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf, and the City of London Corporation at the Guildhall.

The Queen will be represented by the HRH the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

President Higgins is due to address the 700 invited guests.

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Tuam student wins award for outstanding business and accounting Leaving Cert results

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The inaugural N17 Plaza Business Award has been presented to University of Galway student, Eimhin Mulligan.

The award, exclusive to St Jarlath’s College in Tuam, is aimed at encouraging students to pursue careers related to business.

Eimhin, who did the Leaving Cert last year, excelled in both business and accounting exams

He’s now studying for a Commerce Degree at University of Galway.

Supermac’s MD, Pat McDonagh, presented the cash prize and a plaque at a function at the secondary school campus in Tuam

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Appeal to An Bord Pleanala over apartment block at Ballymoneen Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against approval for an apartment development at Ballymoneen Road.

The project, led by Crescent Co. Ownership, would include 17 apartments in a mix of single and two-bed units.

The three-story building would be located on a site near the existing Portacarron estate and the Western Distributor Road junction.

The plans were given the green light by city planners earlier this month.

An appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala – with a decision due in May.

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New care programme for older people launched at embattled Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new care programme for older people has been launched at Clifden District Hospital.

The clinic aims to cater to those with complex health and social care needs in their own community.

The new clinic comes amid long-running local concerns on the future of the hospital, difficulty in recruiting staff, and the downgrading of services.

The First Integrated Care Programme for Older Persons – or ICPOP – is a one-stop shop for those with complex health and social care needs.

It aims to shift the delivery of care away from acute hospitals towards community based, planned and co-ordinated care.

The team will work closely with local GP’s and Primary Care staff, in line with the vision for Sláintecare.

Galway Bay fm news contacted the HSE for comment, but was told no-one was available at this time to discuss the new clinic.

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