Galway Bay fm newsroom – A protest is set to get underway this afternoon to highlight opposition to the impending closure of the post office in Eyrecourt.
A number of public meetings have been held in recent months – and submissions made to An Post – but so far, there’s been little progress in saving the service.
An Post announced in August that it intends to close almost 160 post offices nationwide as part of a restructuring plan – and Galway was the worst affected county, with 18 branches earmarked for closure.
One of those is in the small village of Eyrecourt in East Galway, around 15km from the border with Co. Offaly.
Campaigners say the last seven years have already seen a considerable number of branches in the area close for business.
However, they feel that the impending closure of Eyrecourt is the straw that broke the camels back – as they’ll then be forced to cross the Shannon into Co. Offaly to access their nearest post office.
They’re set to hold a show of strength this afternoon at the crossing point connecting both counties – Banagher Bridge.
The protest will get underway at 3pm.
County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.
Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.
This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.
Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.
University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.
They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.
It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.
Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.
Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.
Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.
She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.
Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.