Galway Bay fm newsroom – Members of the public aired their concerns about shortfalls in mental health services at a special listening meeting held in the city this afternoon.
Up to 40 carers and users of services across the county voiced their opinions on the changes they feel need to be made.
The meeting was organised by the HSE’s National Mental Health Management team, and is part of a series of over 30 meetings scheduled nationwide.
Several members of the public expressed concern over what they describe as a ‘medicate first, talk later’ service, and say that more alternative therapies need to be offered.
Councillor Tim Broderick was met with applause after he brought up the closure of St Brigit’s acute unit in Ballinasloe, and said a new unit should be built at Merlin Park.
The meeting was chaired by Paddy McGowan, Interim Head of the Service User, Family Member and Carer Engagement team.
He says the information gathered at today’s meeting will be passed on to the new National Mental Health Directive.
30 new jobs as Domino’s Pizza opens in Oranmore
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Domino’s pizza has opened a new store in Oranmore, creating 30 jobs for the locality.
The new premises is located in Oranmore Town Centre.
The jobs added include pizza chefs, customer service staff and delivery drivers.
Justin Ward, Franchisee at Oranmore Domino’s said: “We’re excited to open a new store in Oranmore, allowing us to deliver our delicious menu of handcrafted pizzas to even more of our loyal customers across Galway.
“We’re also on the lookout for exceptional people to be part of our in-store team. More than 80% of our store managers start their careers as an in-store team member, so these roles offer a great opportunity for ambitious people looking to grow and build a career with the nation’s best-loved pizza company!”
Gardai to ramp up checkpoints across city in run-up to Christmas
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Gardai are to ramp up checkpoints across the city in the run-up to Christmas.
Over the next few weeks, they aim to carry out over 1,500 checkpoints to test for alcohol and drugs.
This afternoon’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee heard that drug-driving is becoming far more common.
Roadside tests can now detect a far greater range of drugs than before, and in a much faster timeframe.
Garda Chief Superintendant Gerry Roche had this to say following the meeting.
Galway GP warns of dangers of recreational use of laughing gas
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway GP Martin Daly is warning of the dangers of laughing gas on people’s health.
It’s as there has been an increase of patients suffering nerve damage after inhaling nitrous oxide gas.
It is illegal to sell laughing gas for human consumption, but it is easily obtained online and is growing in popularity for use as a recreational drug.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Dr Martin Daly explains the negative impacts the drug can have on those who use it regularly.