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Spending on Covid-19 assessment hub in Merlin Park called into question

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The funds being spent on the Covid-19 community assessment hub in Merlin Park hospital have been called into question.

Tuam area councillor Donagh Killilea queried the need to continue to operate the unit at a recent meeting of the Regional Health Forum.

Councillor Killilea argued that it’s now time to row back on spending and said running the hub in its current form is unsustainable.

The centre at Merlin Park is one of three such hubs that was set up in preparation for the coronavirus surge several months ago.

There are currently 13 members of staff working at the unit which has cost 127 thousand euro to run over the last four months.

At this week’s forum meeting, Healthcare West, Chief Officer Breda Crehan-Roche confirmed that 107 covid related patients had been seen at the centre since it opened and said the hub would remain open in anticipation of a winter surge of Covid cases.

Councillor Killilea says spending this much money on a centre that has seen less than one patient a day doesn’t add up – to hear more, tune in FYI Galway@5

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Publicans from across Galway West to hold city meeting over delayed reopening

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Publicans from across the city and Galway West will gather this evening to discuss their concerns regarding the sector’s delayed reopening.

Pubs that do not serve food must remain closed until at least until 31st August 2020.

Campaigners argue this means 3,500 pubs employing 25,000 people across the country will have been unable to trade by Government order for a minimum of 168 days or 46% of a year.

The Galway West branch of the the Vintners Federation of Ireland has approximately 200 members.

The meeting will take place in the Ardialun Hotel at Taylor’s Hill at 6pm.

It follows a meeting of the Galway East branch in Milltown earlier this week where a clear pathway to reopening was called for as well as a weekly support package for pubs that have been forced to remain closed.

Tom Mc Donagh is Chair of the Galway West branch of the VFI.

He says off licenses should have their opening hours reduced in order to discourage house parties

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Progress in plan to develop audiology testing facility at Tuam primary care centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

There has been progress in the plan to develop audiology testing facility at Tuam primary care centre.

Galway East TD Seán Canney says the tender process is progressing for the facility.

The Independent Deputy has also received confirmation that community audiology services in Tuam which were suspended in March due to COVID-19 will recommence this month.

Deputy Canney argues Tuam Primary Care Centre should be delivering many more health facilities to serve Tuam and North Galway.

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City councillor calls on local authority to act on illegal camping at Ballyloughane beach

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A Galway city councillor has called on the city council to take action against illegal campers at Ballyloughane beach.

Cllr Alan Cheevers says an illegal encampment of tents appeared over night on the city beach, with locals raising concerns over health and safety.

The Fianna Fail councillor says residents of Ballyloughane have a right to feel safe in their area, as the country continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Cheevers says the beach does not have the proper facilities to support campers and the issue must be tackled before it escalates further.

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