Push to have city alcohol bye-laws fast-tracked
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city councillor is hoping his proposed new bye-laws on drinking in public areas will be fast-tracked over the coming months.
Councillor Peter Keane has submitted a request to the joint policing committee meeting for the legislation to be debated.
It follows this week’s meeting of the local authority, where it was stated that the JPC was the correct forum to debate such suggestions.
The proposals seek to give additional powers to Gardaí and the city council to seize, confiscate and destroy intoxicating liquour where a breach of the bye-laws has occurred.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Keane says the existing laws don’t go far enough.
UHG third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during March
Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country this month, with more than a thousand patients without a bed.
The INMO says nationally, overcrowding records were broken once again for the month of March.
Almost 13,000 admitted patients were treated on trolleys this month, and over 440 of those were children.
The INMO says this was the worst March since it began counting in 2006, and overcowding levels cannot be allowed continue.
At UHG, 1,048 patients were without a bed, with a further 207 patients at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
The worst figure was recorded at University Hospital Limerick, where more than 2 thousand patients were waiting on trolleys.
Green light for Galway’s first Wetherspoons at Eglinton Street
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for Galway’s first Wetherspoons pub at Eglinton Street in the city.
The project will involve the transformation of the former Carbon Nightclub premises.
Wetherspoons bought the property in 2019, but COVID-19 saw the plans shelved for several years.
Planning permission was finally sought last summer for the multi-million euro plan, which has now been approved by city planners.
“The Three Red Sails” will be a two-storey bar and restaurant with a rooftop terrace – and Galway’s student population have been identified as the main target market.
The latest the bar would open would be 12.30am on Friday and Saturday, with earlier closing times Sunday through Thursday.
A number of local submissions were lodged – including a local business that took issue with some elements of the plan, but ultimately wished them well.
There were also submissions from local residents living near the premises, who raised concerns around noise pollution and anti-social behavior.
In the end, city planners have cleared the way for Wetherspoons to set up their first premises in Galway – with 23 conditions attached to the approval.
Survey finds public in Connacht score 53% in “financial literacy”
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new survey has found the public in Connacht score 53% in “financial literacy”.
Financial literacy refers to the knowledge and skills needed to make important financial decisions.
The score for Connacht was in line with the national average, but Bank of Ireland, who commissioned the survey, say that figure lags behind what it should be.
In comparison, the average score in Australia is 64%; Germany is 66%, and the UK scored 67%.
The Irish survey also revealed a striking difference across gender and age, with women scoring almost 10% lower than men.
18-34 years old scored the lowest at 48%, while those over 65 scored the highest at 58%.
While one third of those surveyed claimed to know about mortgages, only one fifth said they’re familiar with investments and pensions.
Almost 60 percent said they review their personal finances every month.