Galway Bay fm newsroom:
Questions have been raised about the level of support for tourism throughout the county.
At a meeting of the county council this week, Councillor Seán Ó Tuairisg said that Donegal County Council provides very significant support for the promotion of tourism.
He suggested that Galway County Council should also have a greater involvement in the industry.
Councillor Seán Ó Tuairisg said that Donegal County Council has seven staff members working on the promotion of tourism in that county.
He asked if Galway could follow suit.
Councillor Ó Tuairisg said Galway – in both the east and west of the county – has a wide range of attributes that could underpin very significant growth in the tourism sector.
However, he said, these advantages had to be promoted and marketed.
County Council CEO, Kevin Kelly, said that while there was not a dedicated tourism unit – all sectors of the council had a role in the industry.
He said they would like to have designated members of staff dealing with tourism specifically but that money and resources are not there.
However, the matter can be reviewed after the next budget, the CEO said.
Uber taxi service launches in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – From today people in Galway will be able to book a taxi through Uber, making it the third city Uber has launched in Ireland outside Dublin.
The US-based firm says the launch is a response to a significant increase in demand in Galway, with thousands of local residents opening the Uber app in recent months.
The first drivers are already on the road and Uber says it aims to bring at least 100 drivers onto the platform by the end of the year.
Uber was founded in 2009 and now operates in 72 countries and over 10 thousand cities.
Cabinet approval for surgical hub for Galway and site for new elective hospital
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway – and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.
The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.
A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.
While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it’s now officially been rubber-stamped.
Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what’s important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.
While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility.
Step forward in development of masterplan for Gort town centre
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to develop a masterplan for the improvement of Gort town centre.
The masterplan will be designed in collaboration with the local community to make the town a more attractive place to live, work and visit.
There’ll be a strong focus on revitalising public spaces, and making them more attractive, accessible and safer.
A design team has now been appointed by Galway County Council, and will engage with Gort Town Team and local community stakeholders.