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Relief for Carraroe residents as new GP to take office next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s relief for residents in Carraroe as the HSE has confirmed that a new GP will take up office next week.
It’s after a doctor earmarked to replace local GP Dr Mary Feerick unexpectedly declined the position – leading to fears up to 1, 000 people could be left without cover from Friday.
Local GP in Carraroe, Dr. Mary Feerick, is retiring on Friday – and until now, residents in Carraroe were left in the lurch as to what cover would be available to them.
A replacement had been selected for the position by the HSE following an interview process – but unexpectedly decided to decline the position.
However, the HSE has now confirmed there will be no gaps in the GP service as it has secured a doctor who will start in the position from Monday.
Dr. Imtiaz Ali will initially be employed from the 7th of August to the 6th of November and will also offer an on-call rota during that time.
This means he’ll provide a normal Monday to Friday service – but will also be available out of hours and on weekends if required.
The HSE says it will write to medical card holders this week to inform them of the arrangements and that they will be automatically transferred to Dr Ali’s panel.

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Late Bishop Martin Drennan remembered for his “bright mind” and love of Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Bishop Martin Drennan has been remembered by his brother Fr Michael Drennan for his bright mind, sense of humour and love of Galway.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend and his funeral took place today.

Mourners gathered at Galway Cathedral to celebrate his life, including bishops and priests from across the country, Mayor of Galway Clodagh Higgins, TDs and Senators.

Words of condolence also came from as far away as the Vatican, as Pope Francis passed on a message for Bishop Drennan.

The funeral service was opened by Bishop Michael Duignan, with music by the Galway Cathedral Choir and Homily delivered by Fr Michael Drennan:

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Plaque unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate murdered Corofin taxi driver Eileen Costello O Shaughnessy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plaque has been unveiled at Eyre Square to commemorate Corofin woman Eileen Costello O’ Shaughnessy, who was murdered in Galway 25 years ago.

Gardaí have today renewed their appeal for information on the murder of the well-known taxi driver and mother-of-two on November 30th, 1997

She picked up a fare to Claregalway that day – her car was later found abandoned and her body was discovered off the N17 the following day.

Despite extensive investigations since then, no-one has been charged with her murder.

Several members of Eileen’s family were at today’s event, as well as friends and former colleagues.

Her brother Martin spoke to David Nevin about his late sister.

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