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Religious leaders to address city peace conference

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Religious leaders from three major faiths will address a conference in the city tomorrow. (Sun 11/3)
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in Ireland will host its 12th annual Peace Conference at the Menlo Park Hotel.
The topic of this year’s conference is ‘Building Bridges for Peace and integration’ and it will be addressed by leaders from Christian, Judaism and Islam faiths.
Galway West Fianna Fáil T.D Éamon Ó Cuív will also address the conference.

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Galway TD slams the health service for the loss of Connemara physiotherapy service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has slammed the HSE for the loss of a Connemara physiotherapy service.

Fianna Fail Deputy Eamon O Cuiv has voiced his frustration at the planned closure of the Clifden physiotherapy service next month.

The clinic is the only one in Connemara at present, meaning patients will have to travel to Galway city in future for physio appointments.

Deputy O Cuiv says the health service is failing the public.

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Call for re-establishment of critical care mental health team for city and surrounds

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for the urgent re-establishment of a mental health critical care team in the city after the service was allegedly discontinued without consultation.

Tuam area councillor Donagh Killilea told a meeting of the Regional Health Forum the service was put in place in June as part of a pilot scheme which was already a success in Roscommon.

As part of the service, a person deemed to be in severe difficulty with mental health was seen by a member of the critical care team in a very short timeframe.

He said the crisis team was wound down in December with two days notice and also claimed GPs, A&E staff and student union offices were not informed and only discovered through a message on the crisis team phoneline.

Saolta officials stated the HSE has reconfigured existing crisis response positions embedding them in local community teams, so that emergency assessments take place nearer to the patient’s home.

Councillor Kililea told the forum the critical care team trial has proved a huge success in Roscommon.

He called on officials to further clarify why it was wound down in Galway without due consultation with GPs and whether the service will be revisited.

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Sinn Fein leadership to hold public rally in the city next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Sinn Fein party leadership will host a public rally in the city next week (6/3)

Party leader Mary Lou McDonald and senior members Pearse Doherty and Eoin Ó Broin will join local Sinn Fein representatives at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill on Friday week, the 6th of March.

Hundreds of people have already attended rallies in Dublin and Cork, with further events set to take place in Newry and Cavan.

According to the party the rallies are designed to bring the conversation about government formation to the people according to the party.

Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have widely criticised the meetings with Taoiseach Leo Varadker describing them as the ‘next phase in Sinn Féin’s campaign of intimidation and bullying’, while a Fianna Fail TD branded them Trump style rallies.

Sinn Fein Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the rallies are a normal way to interact with the public – to hear a full interview with Deputy Farrell, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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