Date Published: 01-Jun-2011
The heartbreaking stories of carers whose lives have been devastated by the cutbacks in health services are being replicated right across Galway, according to a parents’ campaign group.
The Prime Time investigation on Monday found that more than 82% of carers have been affected by the budget cuts while almost a quarter of carers have suffered health problems as a result of the huge work load. Some 68% of family carers surveyed had cuts to carers’ payments.
The Hope 4 Disability Galway group said it was currently advocating on behalf of several families who could simply not secure basic services for their children.
“Two parents who are in their 70s having been waiting for 14 years for some urgent care for their daughter. They get very little support, a few hours or a night and they want to secure a place for her in case they die,” the group’s chairperson Eamonn Walsh told the Connacht Tribune.
“We are now advocating on behalf of three families whose children have just reached 18. They have serious to profound disabilities and are leaving special schools and moving fully under the wing of the HSE. They need a day service, respite care and other essential services such as speech and language, physio, occupational therapy. They still don’t know where they’re going in September as there’s no indication of the funding yet for this year.”
Two children in the same situation only learned of their care in August and it was “just the bare bones” of what was needed, according to Eamon.
See full story in this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent
Date Published: 07-May-2013
A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.
That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.
The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.
Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.
Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.
Tuam awaits UK hay import as overnight rainfall adds to fodder crisis
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Tuam is now awaiting a third import of hay from the UK as overnight rainfall has increased pressure on farmers struggling to source fodder.
A total of ten loads are expected at Connacht Gold stores throughout the West with a load expected at the Airglooney outlet this evening or tomorrow.
Farmers throughout the county have been struggling to cope with the animal feed shortage and a below than normal grass growth due to unseasonal weather conditions.
Overnight rainfall in the Galway area has also added to the problem making ground conditions in many areas are quite poor.
Joe Waldron, Agricultual Advisor with Connacht Gold says farmers in short supply can contact the Airglooney outlet on 093 – 24101.
Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action
Date Published: 12-May-2013
The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.
There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.
Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.
However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.
Galway bay fm news understands that around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.