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Rally to gather support for Connemara greenway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public rally will be held tomorrow in a bid to gather support for the Galway-Clifden Connemara greenway project.
13 thousand signatures have been gathered by campaigners in support of the cycle route.
Demonstrators will gather at the newly finished Ballynahinch section tomorrow afternoon at 1.
They’re calling on Galway city and county councils to complete the route which would be one of the longest in Ireland taking in Moycullen, Oughterard, Recess, Ballynahinch and Clifden.

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Galway East Fianna Fail Minister Defends Simon Harris In Cabinet Leak Controversy

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway East Junior Minister has pledged her support to the Higher Education Minister who is at the centre of claims he leaked Cabinet information.

Opposition TD Matt Carthy used Dail privilege last night to claim Simon Harris leaked news of the Katherine Zappone appointment to journalists.

A spokesperson for Minister Harris says this was a clear misuse of Dail privilege and it’s untrue.

Speaking on Galway Talks earlier, Fianna Fail Minister for Disabilities Anne Rabbitte voiced her support for her Government colleague.

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Oranmore Nursing Home Among 11 Facilities Nationwide Found To Be Non Compliant with HIQA Standards

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: An Oranmore Nursing Home has been given until the end of this month to improve standards at the facility after a HIQA report highlighted a number of areas of concern.

The Health Information and Quality Authority inspected 26 care facilities across the country with Inspectors finding non-compliance with the regulations and standards at 11 facilities including Brampton Care Home in Oranmore village.

The unannounced inspection took place at Brampton Care Home on May 27th when 65 residents were receiving care at the nursing home.

10 of the residents spoke to the inspector and stated that the standard of the service at the home had deteriorated in the previous 5 months with staff shortages, the quality of food, noise levels from ongoing building works at the home and communication from management being a cause for concern.

Brampton Care Home was found to be in breach of 8 of the 11 regulations considered on the day of the inspection.

Areas of concern for HIQA included staff having access to appropriate training and staff supervision, especially at weekends. Also inspectors noted that residents did not feel they were being listened to and No independent advocate was made available to facilitate residents meetings.

Under quality and safety, the report states that poor supervision and oversight of care was reflected in the nursing documentation reviewed and the observations of the inspector on the day of the inspection.

Governance and management, the notification of incidents, and Risk management were also flagged as areas for improvement.

Brampton Care Home was found to be fully compliant in the areas of health care and infection control and substantially compliant in the area of staffing and was given until the end of this month to correct the concerns highlighted.

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NUI Galway President Leads Calls On Government For Further Investment In Higher Education

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A number of Irish universities, including NUI Galway ,say they are under huge financial strain with losses in commercial income for colleges set to reach €270 million due to the pandemic.

Universities says they have lost out on millions of euro of additional revenue which would usually be generated through tourism, conferences, accommodation and sports facilities.

Estimates by 8 universities including NUI Galway, the University of Limerick and Trinity, predict a combined loss of income of €40 million in the current academic year.

The Irish Universities Association, chaired by NUIG President Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, is calling on the Government to increase investment in higher education and research through a €900 million plus package for the sector.

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