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Salthill native says race for the Presidency is essential to democracy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Salthill native says a race for the Irish Presidency is essential to democracy.
Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell is hoping to replace Michael D Higgins as the next President of Ireland.
However, the former president of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland admits his part in ending the Good Friday drinking ban may have made him some enemies.
President Higgins has previously claimed he only wanted the role for one term, but speculation is mounting that he could run again.
Gerard Craughwell says it’s essential that Michael D doesn’t run unopposed if he decides to stay another term.

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Work gets underway on €13m redevelopment of Old Grove Hospital in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Work got underway today on the site of the €13 million redevelopment of the Old Grove Hospital in Tuam.

The project will see the site, which has been closed for 20 years, transformed into a modern mental health day hospital.

Planning permission was granted for the project at Vicar Street in 2017, which will involve the part-demolition, refurbishment and remodelling of the building in two phases.

Phase one will incorporate mental health and shared services while phase two would accommodate early intervention and disability services.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Deputy Sean Canney said the new hospital should be fully completed and staffed within 18 to 24 months.

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NUIG research finds high rate of kidney disease among adults with diabetes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUIG have found that over 40% of patients attending a dedicated diabetes clinic had signs of established chronic kidney disease.

The study was carried out by academics at NUI Galway and clinicians at University Hospital Galway Diabetes Centre and involved more than 4,500 patients in the West.

The findings suggest that, despite careful medical management, a relatively high proportion of people with diabetes in Ireland will develop chronic kidney disease over time and are at risk of kidney failure and other complications.

Diabetes is now the number one cause of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure worldwide.

Professor Matthew Griffin, consultant at Galway University Hospitals and researcher in NUI Galway’s College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences said the study was based on the results of commonly-performed blood and urine tests.

He said the frequency of chronic kidney disease was higher in those with type 2 diabetes.

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Garda investigation following road crash at Cloughanover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating following a single vehicle road crash which occurred on the N84 outside Headford at the weekend.

The incident took place at approximately 4am yesterday (June 13) when a vehicle crashed near a car dealership based in Cloughanover.

A number of parked vehicles at the dealership were damaged as a result of the collision.

The driver, a man aged in his early 20s, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Garda investigations are ongoing.

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