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University Hospital Galway included in group of 9 which form kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan

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University Hospital Galway is included in a group of 9 which form the kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan announced today
The 30 million euro initiative aims to prepare the health system for the next four months – with a special focus from the 17th December to January 13th.
During that time extra beds will be made available at 9 hospitals around the country, including UHG, while 550 homecare packages will be available to free up space for acute patients.
The HSE’s Vida Hamilton is advising people to avoid A&E if they can.
However, the former General Secretary of the INMO and member of the Slaintecare Advisory Council, Liam Doran says the plan comes very late in the day.

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GMIT textile technician makes 75 face coverings a week for nursing homes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A GMIT textile technician has been putting her skills to good use by making up to 75 non-medical face coverings a week for nursing homes.

School of Design and Creative Arts staff member Kelly Roberts has made hundreds of reusable face coverings since April, while home-schooling her two children and continuing to remotely provide technical support to some 40 students on the BA in Design course.

Kelly relies solely on donations of fabric from family and colleagues, and says high quality cotton duvet covers and sheets are the easiest to fashion into masks.

If anyone is interested in making a fabric donation, they can contact Kelly by emailing Kelly.roberts@gmit.ie.

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City Council to apply for EU funding for second rail track from Galway to Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is to apply for EU funding to develop a second rail track from the city centre to Athenry.

That’s according to Fianna Fail City Councillor Alan Cheevers, who says the development will comprise of a passing loop in Oranmore and enhancement works at Ceannt Station including five new platforms.

The city council will make the application in conjunction with Irish Rail through the European Urban Regeneration Fund.

The motion to install a second track between Ceannt Station and Athenry – with a view to establishing a better commuter service – was first submitted by Councillor Cheevers last September.

He says this important piece of infrastructure will offer a much needed public transport option for Galway.

To hear from Cllr Cheevers, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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Skip removed from water at Inis Oirr pier following concerns over access

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Galway County Council has removed a skip from the water at the pier on Inis Oirr following growing concerns over access issues.

On Friday morning last, residents on Inis Oírr raised the alarm after the skip was blown off the island’s pier by high winds.

There were fears that passenger ferries, rescue lifeboats and cargo boats would not be able to access the smallest of the Aran Islands as the exact location of the skip was unknown.

In response, the local authority confirmed that it would remove the skip as soon as it was safe to do.

In a statement to Galway Bay FM news at 1, the County Council has confirmed that the skip has now been removed from the water.

Manager of the Co-op on Inis Oirr, Maura Ui Mhaolain says the community is relieved but that the pier is still dangerous.

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