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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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Oral hearing for city ring road plan set to take place early in new year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

An oral hearing is expected to take place for the controversial Galway city ring road proposal early in the new year.

The 600 million euro project would run west from Barna taking a northerly route before joining up with the M6 near Coolagh roundabout.

In September, the plan went out on public consultation again after a further information response from Galway County Council was deemed to contain significant additional data.

12 submissions were received as part of the second phase of public consultation.

These included nine follow-ups to previous submissions on the original application and three new submissions.

500 landowners would be directly affected, 44 houses would be demolished and 11 businesses would be impacted if the controversial project gets the go ahead.

An Bord Pleanála has yet to set a date for the oral hearing, however it’s expected to take place early in 2020.

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Galway TD urges government to do more to support Galway Peat Sites

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A Roscommon/Galway TD has called on the government to do more to encourage private sector investment in Galway’s peat sites, following a winding down of the industry nationwide.

Independent TD Denis Naughten says changes to the Finance Bill are needed to provide tax incentives for private companies to invest in peat production sites such as Derryfada and Clonfert in the county.

With the closing of two major peat based power plants in Longford and Offaly, The Independent TD says existing companies and new start up businesses need to be supported in order to create longterm sustainable jobs.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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OPW urged to consider Christmas markets at East Galway castle grounds

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway Junior Minister is urging the OPW to consider creating Christmas markets at the grounds of Athenry and Portumna castles.

Minister Ciaran Cannon is asking Minister Kevin Boxer Moran to engage with Galway County Council on rolling out the initiative.

He claims opening the castle grounds would help increase visitor engagement and boost the incomes of artisan producers in the region.

Minister Cannon says that it’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase the potential of East Galway.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 4…

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