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West North-West Hospital Group faces deficit of €54m

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The West/North-West Hospital  Group has forecast a deficit of over 54 million euro for this year.

The shortfall is contained with the group’s service plan which shows an estimated expenditure for 2014 of over 647 million euro.

The report reveals a deficit of 19 million euro for the Galway University Hospital group which includes UHG and Merlin Park.

In Portiuncula, the deficit is estimated to be just over 10 million euro.

This is the first service plan published since the new hospital group was formed to include Letterkenny, Sligo and Mayo hospitals.

Chief Operating Officer Tony Canavan says income will be generated through collection from private health insurance companies in a bid to address the deficit.

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Disappointment voiced over the delay to repair Traffic Lights at University Hospital Galway

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Disappointment has been voiced over the delay to repair the traffic lights at Galway University Hospital.

An announcement on the Galway City Council Social Media Pages has confirmed this and has advised motorists to expect delays and avoid the area if possible saying that transport and infrastructure staff are aiming to replace the lights by next Tuesday, the 7th.

Independent City Central Councillor Mike Cubbard, speaking this morning, told John Mulligan that while he did accept that lights can break down; he did not accept that it will take five days to repair them.

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European Commission confirms daily fines against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm will cease

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The European Commission has confirmed that daily fines being applied against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm in South Galway will cease.

The State has reached agreement with the European Commission to cease fines of 15 thousand euro a day relating to the ESB-owned wind farm

The sanctions were imposed as a result of Ireland’s failure to ensure environmental standards were upheld at the facility on the Slieve Aughty mountains.

The State has, over the years, paid more than €17 million to the commission, due to the breaches.

The final sum due to be paid is €1,245,000.

Operations at Derrybrien ended this time last year, after An Bord Pleanála refused an application for substitute consent at the site.

This meant the project was considered an unauthorised development.

The company subsequently announced that it would decommission the site.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news the Dept of Housing says the exact details in relation to decommissioning and site restoration are a matter for Galway County Council and the owner

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Galway’s CONNOLLY favourite for Ireland’s Eurovision song choice with decision due tonight

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 19 year old Connemara artist CONNOLLY is the favourite heading into tonight’s Late Late show vote for Eurovision song.

Six songs are taking part in the Eurosong vote on RTÉ One from 9:35PM, all vying to become Ireland’s entry for the 2023 competition being held in Liverpool this May.

The latest betting odds are placing Lettermullen singer, Jennifer Connolly and her song Midnight Summer Night 11/8 favourite ahead of Wild Youth on 5/2.

The winner will be chosen after the public vote is added to the scores from both a national jury and an international jury.

Jennifer told Galway Bay FM’s breakfast show Mollie in the Morning how she came to be among the six acts:

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