Date Published: 24-Aug-2012
A Donegal based healthcare company is at an advanced stage of negotiations to take over Owen Riff nursing home in Oughterard.
Brindley Healthcare, which operates five HIQA registered residential care homes in Donegal, Mayo and Kildare, is in final talks to overtake the operation of the Oughterard nursing home.
In a statement to Galway Bay FM News, Michael Keane representing the healthcare company said,
"Brindley Healthcare can confirm that it is in advanced negotiations to acquire Owenriff Nursing Home in Oughterard. In tandom with these negotiations, Brindley Healthcare has sought registration from HIQUA. A decision is expected in the very near future. We have no further comment at this time."
The news of the acquisition comes after HIQA’s recent investigation report which raised grave concerns for the welfare and safety of residents at Owen Riff nursing home.
The owners of the 40 bed facility recently withdrew their appeal to a closure order issued by the District Court last month.
The HSE was then directed to take charge and to make alternative arrangements for the residents as soon as is practicable.
Councillor Padraig Conneely, who’s chairman of the HSE West Regional Forum, says the acquisation of Owen Riff nursing home by Brindley Healthcare would be a positive step.
Galway County VEC Chief takes High Court case
Date Published: 07-May-2013
The High Court is hearing arguments from the state in an action brought by two VEC bosses who are challenging the loss of an annual allowance worth 12 and a half thousand euro.
Former president of the GAA Joe McDonagh who’s the CEO of County Galway VEC and Dr Katie Sweeney, CEO of Mayo VEC, say a special Transport Liaison Officers Allowance should not have been cut, even though that part of their role no longer operates.
Lawyers for the Department of Education deny the allowance is part of their pay.
The case is in the context of planned changes within the VEC system under the Croke Park agreement.
Planning go ahead for community facility in Doughiska
Date Published: 09-May-2013
A hotel in the city is to be changed into a community facility.
Planning permission has been granted to DRA Community Development Company Limited to redevelop the ‘Racing Lodge Hotel’ in Doughiska.
It’s planned to use the building for community, educational and pastoral use.
Planners have attached 4 conditions to the development, including the stipulation that all uses at the building be on a not-for-profit basis.
Galway call for Transport Minister to intervene in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
City Councillor Michael Crowe is calling on the Transport Minister Leo Vradkar to urgently intervene to end strike action by Bus Eireann in Galway.
Major travel disruption is expected in Galway and nationwide as the national strike enters its second day.
Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing their picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city.
It’s understood up to 80 Galway workers took part in the picket on rotational rosters yesterday.
Speaking on Galway Talks, City Cllr Michael Crowe said Minister Vradkar needs to take urgent action to intervene so that transport services can be restored.