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Proposed Connemara marine park highlighted in new Gaeltacht strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new strategic development plan for the Gaeltacht has highlighted a proposed Marine Industries Park in Connemara as a key development.
Pairc na Mara, which would be located at Cill Chiaráin, is a cornerstone of the plan published by Udaras na Gaeltachta.

The proposed Marine Industries Park in Cill Chiaráin has been in the pipeline for some years and its importance in the Údarás na Gaeltachta plans is highlighted in a new 3 year strategy.
Marine based industries such as aquaculture and seaweed form the basis for the plan with research and development facilities included.
However, the Marine Park faces immediate obstacles as planning permission given for preliminary work and offices has been appealed to an Bord Pleanála by the group, Galway Bay Against Salmon Cages.
A decision on this appeal is due in mid August and the outcome could be a key factor in whether or not the Marine Park will take shape as proposed.
The Údarás strategy has a focus on enterprise, innovation and the Irish language with a shift towards apprenticeships and industry related training.
Údarás CEO, Micheál Ó hÉanaigh says that this emphasis on specific training for newer industries has the potential to be very beneficial in the Gaeltacht.

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Concern over significant waiting times for orthodontic assessments in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has voiced concerns over the significant waiting times experienced by some patients for orthodontic assessments in Galway.

Galway East TD Sean Canney has received confirmation from the HSE that individuals may have to wait for up to six months in emergency cases, while routinely it can take up to two years for an initial assessment.

According to figures released by the HSE, there are currently 1,321 patients awaiting an assessment in the city and county.

There are a further 1,845 individuals on the treatment waiting list – with waiting times for urgent cases taking up to one year, and up four and half years for routine cases.

Deputy Canney argues children who may need dental work are being treated unfairly and their confidence is being shattered.

He says the HSE and the Department of Health need to tackle the issue as a matter of urgency.

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Post-mortem exam following discovery of man’s body in Corrandulla area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A post-mortem examination is due to take place following the discovery of a man’s body in the Corrandulla area yesterday.

The body of a man in his 70s was found at around 11am on a local bog road following an extensive search of the area involving Gardai from Galway and Athenry, assisted by the Coastguard.

The man’s body was removed from the scene and taken to UHG for a post-mortem examination.

It’s understood no foul play is suspected.

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NUI Galway joins European network to accelerate trials of Covid-19 vaccines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has joined a new European network which hopes to accelerate clinical trials of Covid-19 vaccines.

The EU ‘Vaccelerate’ project connects stakeholders from across the continent who are involved in vaccine development.

‘Vaccelerate’ aims to coordinate phase 2 & 3 Covid-19 vaccine trials across all EU-member states, as well as EU-associated countries.

The goal is to link clinical trial sites and expert knowledge, and promote the exchange of expertise in the vaccine development field across Europe.

Ultimately, it’s hoped this will lead to faster and more efficient trials of Covid-19 vaccines in development.

NUI Galway’s role in the project focuses on two particular areas.

Firstly, researchers are mapping and reviewing global Covid-19 vaccine trials, of which there are currently 164.

Secondly, researchers will examine the barriers and facilitators to vaccination uptake in the adult population internationally.

The Vaccelerate project is led by the University Hospital Cologne in Germany and involves 26 partners from 16 EU-member states and 5 associated countries.

NUI Galway and UCD are the Irish partners in the network, with funding provided under the EU Horizon 2020 initiative.

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