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Psychiatric nurses to meet over safety concerns at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Psychiatric nurses from Galway and Roscommon will meet in the city this evening (10/7) to discuss ongoing safety concerns at University Hospital Galway’s psychiatric unit.
It follows a protest at the gates of UHG last week, led by the Psychiatric Nurses Association.
The PNA has been balloting its members on possible industrial action.
It says patients and staff at the 45-bed unit are not safe due to understaffing and outdated facilities.
The association has given the HSE until next week to implement changes at the unit to improve safety and avert strike action.
This evening’s meeting will take place at the Clayton Hotel in Ballybrit at 8.30.
Speaking in the Dáil yesterday, Roscommon T.D Denis Naughten described the conditions in the UHG unit as unacceptable.

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Campaign to inspire more Galway women to get involved in politics

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Efforts are underway to inspire more women to become involved in politics in Galway City and County.

Just 23 percent of TDs in the Dail are women while only 25% of local councillors across the country are female.

While 60 % of the representatives in the Galway West constituency are women, other areas of the county and city have very low numbers of female politicians.

In a bid to get more females involved, the Women For Election group will be providing online training over 3 weeks for those who are interested in getting involved.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Caitriona Gleeson of Women For Election says a lack of female representation, particularly at a national level, can have a real and lasting impact.

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Galway TD Tells Dáil City Housing Affordability Now At Crisis Point

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway TD has told the Dáil that the unaffordability of housing in Galway city is at absolute crisis point, with locals unable to get on the property ladder.

Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell says there’s an urgent need to increase affordable and social housing in preserving and building communities in Galway.

She referenced a 345 build-to-rent apartment development at Crown Square in Mervue which has recently got the go ahead from An Bord Pleanála.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Farrell says it’s time to favour people and communities over developers and profits.

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Galway East Minister Says Wage Subsidy Scheme To Employ People with Disabilities In the Private Sector Should be Reviewed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway’s Minister for Disability says a review of the Wage Subsidy Scheme for Employers is needed to help address the low employment rate for people with disabilities in Ireland.

According to new research by the ESRI, the country now has the fourth lowest employment rate among people with a disability in the EU,

It also highlights that people with a disability in Ireland are more than twice as likely to experience poverty and deprivation than those without.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme gives financial support to private sector employers who can provide between 21 and 39 hours of employment per week to workers with a disability.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway East Minister for Disability Anne Rabbitte says the current scheme is not working and needs to reviewed.

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