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Review of maternity services in West/North West now underway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A review of maternity services at the five hospitals in the West/North West Hospital Group is expected to take ‘a number of months’.

Chief Executive of the Group Bill Maher has outlined the implementation plans for 2014 at a meeting of Galway TDs and health forum members.

When the review is complete, it will be considered by the executive management team of the hospital group and the Board.

Activity figures for 2013 were also outlined at the meeting which show that over 10 thousand births were recorded in the period.

Other data shows  that 195 thousand patients were treated at emergency departments in the period.

The hospital chief said improving access to services is a priority for 2014 with a particular focus on admission times for emergency departments.

Bill Maher has also vowed to develop the integration of the hospitals as the group moves towards ‘Trust’ status.

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Protest in Galway City this afternoon in opposition to British Government legacy proposals

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A protest will take place in Galway city this afternoon in opposition to the British Government’s legacy proposals.

The families of the Time for Truth Campaign are behind the National Day of Action against the proposed amnesty preventing prosecutions for conflict related offences.

Sinn Féin Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell will be the guest speaker at the Galway protest which takes place in Eyre Square at 2pm.

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Man missing from Athenry found safe and well

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The man missing from Athenry has been found safe and well

39 year old Nicholas Crouch had been missing since Monday

Gardai have confirmed that he has been found, and is safe and well

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County planners back Renville sports facility after second bid to bring amenity to Oranmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Permission has been secured to build a major sports facility at Renville West in Oranmore.

The project has received the green light from county planners, after a second bid to bring the amenity to Oranmore, led by Renville Sports Project Committee.

The plan would involve a looped amenity walkway throughout the site and connectivity to the existing amenity walkways at Rinville Park and also a public playground area.

It provides for three grassed playing pitches, one all weather synthetic playing pitch and three warm up or training areas as well as site lighting.

There will also be a covered terrace, a single storey toilet block and a hurling wall.

Under the plan, car parking is provided for up to 234 vehicles as well as six coach spaces and 184 bicycle parking spaces.

There will also be changes to provide vehicular and pedestrian access onto a local road, to the south of the site, to serve the proposed development and to provide for revised access to serve the existing public car parks.

County planners have given the project their backing with 14 conditions attached.

One states the the use of the all weather pitch is not to extend beyond 10pm.

The use of floodlights is restricted to from 9am to 10pm Monday to Saturday, and from 9am to 9pm on Sundays and public holidays.

The Tureen stream is also to be fenced off from the site works.

In June 2020, An Bord Pleanála refused a former application for the development due to concerns over traffic hazard issues.

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