Galway Bay fm newsroom – Children and young adults across Galway facing mental health challenges are being placed at risk by severe staffing shortages in frontline services.
That’s according to Deputy Eugene Murphy, who says there are 50 unfilled positions in HSE services covering Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.
He adds that there are also 17 positions unfilled in the same area dedicated to assisting older people, and another 9 vacancies for adult coverage.
Deputy Murphy says nationally, there are almost 600 unfilled positions in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, or CAHMS.
He argues that many children and young adults seeking support, especially during out of hours periods, are finding little to no services available to them.
Fianna Fail Deputy Murphy further argues that community services such as Foróige and Macra na Feirme are focal points in many communities and need greater support.
Deputy Murphy is calling on Minister for Mental Health Jim Daly to get to grips with the crisis as a matter of urgency.
Listen: Galway TD calls for investment in building control in light of mica controversy
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has called for increased investment in building control during a Dáil debate on the mica controversy.
Around five thousand homes are estimated to be affected by the defective blocks, mostly in the west and north-west of the country.
It’s estimated the final bill for dealing with the scandal could come to over 1.5 billion euro.
Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Sean Canney said it’s time to take the issue of building control by the scruff of the neck.
He expressed an opinion that a severe lack of independent building control is directly responsible for the controversies over mica and pyrite.
Deputy Canney pointed out that under the current system, just a fraction of new developments are being inspected by local authorities.
Deputy Canney argued that proper investment in building control would save the state money in the long term.
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Local TD uses Dáil to demand urgent action on beef regulator
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has told the Dáil there will be no next generation of young beef farmers unless the Government takes action.
Deputy Claire Kerrane was contributing to a debate on the need for the establishment of an independent beef regulator.
She said as someone who grew up on a beef farm, it’s very hard to watch farmers break their backs for very little in return.
Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane said she was “at a loss” as to why the Government has failed to address the situation.
She pointed out that previous Agriculture Ministers have supported the creation of a beef regulator.
Deputy Kerrane warned if action isn’t taken, farmers will close their gates – and there will be no next generation – to hear more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5