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Protestors to travel to Dáil Éireann over Ballinasloe bed transfers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – At least two bus loads of campaign members opposed to the removal of acute psychiatric beds at St.

Brigids hospital in Ballinasloe will travel to Dáil Éireann today.

Fianna Fáil Senators are expected to raise the issue of the bed transfers in the Seanad this afternoon.

An attempt by the HSE to remove 5 beds from the psychiatric unit was thwarted last night when up to 200 people gathered to block the move.

The wind down of the unit began last month, and the reconfiguration involves three phases which will see 50 beds in UHG and 22 in Roscommon.

The HSE says the move is a major investment in jobs and facilities in Galway and Roscommon, with an additional 44 staff posts.

Arthur Carr of the Galway East life support says protestors intend to step up their campaign today

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Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the Mother and Baby home redress scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the mother and baby home redress scheme.

Catherine Martin’s comments follow harsh criticism from the opposition on the scheme.

40 percent of survivors have been excluded from the scheme, as they spent less than six months in mother and baby homes.

Minister Martin says survivors not being interrogated when receiving redress is important:

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Leo Varadkar tells Dáil he “remains a supporter” of Galway City Ring Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that he remains a supporter of the Galway City Ring Road.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach was asked by Deputy Ciaran Cannon about delays to double-tracking train services between Athenry and Oranmore.

Deputy Cannon said he understood a long-awaited feasibility study has somehow now been attached to an all-island rail review.

Leo Varadkar said that’s not something he agrees with.

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Councillor organises cross border information clinic in Castledaly for HSE waiting list patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gort-Kinvara area councillor Geraldine Donohue has organised an information clinic for today for people who are on the HSE Waiting List and looking for faster treatment or surgery in Northern Ireland.

The Independent councillor is calling it a Cross Broder Clinic as it will be attended by representatives from Kingsbridge Hospital Belfast

The information clinic is being held at St Thomas GAA Club in Castledaly in Loughrea today from 9.30am to 4.30pm

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