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Report shows poor ambulance response times in Western region

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The West of Ireland has one of the poorest ambulance response times in the country for life threatening cardiac emergencies.

According to the Irish Times, only a third of ambulances in the West arrived within the eight minute target of being called.

This is significantly short of the targets recommended by the Health Information and Quality Authority.

This compares with the East of the country where 60 per cent arrived within eight minutes, and the South where 40 per cent of ambulances arrived within target times.

All of these fall below the State’s 75 per cent response rate target.

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Three confirmed cases of Covid-19 being treated at Galway Hospitals today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are three confirmed cases of Covid-19 receiving treatment at Galway hospitals today.

Two cases are being treated at UHG, while another is receiving treatment at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There’s been no confirmed cases of the virus at either hospital in the past 24 hours, but a number of suspected cases are being treated.

Of five suspected cases in total, four are at Portiuncula, with one at UHG.

Meanwhile, there are no Covid-19 patients at ICUs in either hospital.

Nationally, 253 people with the virus are being treated in Irish hospitals today – 36 of them in intensive care units.

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City planners back proposal for Woodquay apartment complex

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City planners have backed a proposal to add apartments to a previously granted plan for three new apartment blocks in Woodquay in the city.

K. King Construction Limited received permission in 2018 to construct 19 housing units, in three apartment blocks at Saint Brendan’s Avenue.

The company later sought to alter the plans and add a further eight units to the development, for a total of 27 apartments across a 4 storey, 3 storey and 2 storey set of apartment blocks.

City planners have approved the amended development subject to eight conditions.

One states a detailed landscape plan is to be submitted for the development.

It’s also stipulated that units 1 to 3 of the six-storey apartment building will have direct access to the external amenity space at the rear of the building.

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City Councillor calls for Post Office network to be given PSO contract

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A City Councillor is calling for the Post Office network to be given a Public Service Obligation contract to ensure the entire network can remain viable.

PSO’s provide subsidies to ensure services that are in the interest of the public can remain in operation, even if they are not profitable.

Councillor Niall McNeilis says many industries in Ireland already receive PSO contracts – such as agriculture, aviation, rail, bus, housing and energy.

He argues the Post Office network provides essential services in communities across the country and helped support local economies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor McNeilis is seeking the support of his colleagues to send a motion to Minister Eamon Ryan to operate the network with a PSO.

Labour Councillor McNeilis says the Post Office network could play a vital role in communities post Covid-19.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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