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Shortage in Galway mental health staff poses serious risk to children

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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.

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Gardai in Galway to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the foundation of An Garda Síochána tomorrow

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardaí in Galway will commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the foundation of An Garda Síochána with a commemorative event tomorrow afternoon.

The event will begin with a re-enactment of the arrival of the first Gardaí to Galway, on 25th September 1922.

Members of the public are invited to come along and join them in this Centenary Event.

Sergeant Mick Walsh of Galway Gardai explained to John Mulligan what will happen tomorrow afternoon.

John then put it to him that this celebration is significant as what happened 100 years ago and the change over from the RIC and the Civic Guard to An Garda Síochána was important in the development of Ireland as a country.

Local traffic diversions will be in place to facilitate the event.

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Delegation meets with local Fianna Fail representatives to voice their concern over future of Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A delegation has met with Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv and Fianna Fail Councillor Gerry King to voice their concern over the future of Clifden District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE yesterday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It has been confirmed that HSE management are to meet with local representatives on Monday where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

A public meeting on the future of the hospital will take place tomorrow afternoon.

Councillor Gerry King told John Mulligan what happened at the meeting this afternoon.

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HSE to meet with local representatives on future of Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – HSE management are to meet with local representatives on Monday where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Families were contacted by the HSE yesterday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

Councillor Eileen Mannion also confirmed that a public meeting on the future of the hospital will take place tomorrow afternoon.

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