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4 hours ago

It's the end of an era - as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.  Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway's West End in recent days. They've been described as eye-sores - while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.  In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information. Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin. 

5 hours ago

Landowners across Galway are being urged to check their property status.  It's as a new tax on residential zoned land is due to come into effect in January 2024.  It'll apply to residential zoned lands Phase 1 and Phase 2, where lands are capable of being serviced by local water and sewerage facilities.  Councillor Jim Cuddy says many landowners may not be aware of the implications of the controversial tax. 

6 hours ago

The CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group says a new elective hospital at Merlin Park and a new surgical hub for Galway will have a "significant" impact on healthcare in the west It's after Cabinet approved a new surgical hub for Galway, as well as the site for a new elective hospital at Merlin Park.  The surgical hub will help take pressure off waiting lists by performing a range of high-volume surgeries of low to medium complexity.  The new elective hospital at Merlin Park would consist of eight operating theatres, seven endoscopy suites and nine minor operations rooms.  CEO of the Saolta Hospital Group, Tony Canavan, says it would provide up to 175 thousand additional procedures, treatments and appointments. 

9 hours ago

Funding of €3.3m has been announced for community centres across Galway.  The funding will benefit 21 groups in every corner of the county, with allocations ranging from €25 thousand to €300 thousand.  The largest single allocations of €300 thousand went to Cortoon/Lavally Community Development Company, Western Traveller And Intercultural Development Company, Abbeyknockmoy Parish Society, and Comharchumann Shailearna Teo.  Galway East Fine Gael Deputy Ciaran Cannon says community centres are vital to local areas. 

12 hours ago

Galway units of the Civil Defence are calling for people to come forward to volunteer with them. One member, Louie Casserly, says numbers are the lowest they've ever been in her 36 years volunteering. Based in Oranmore, Louie says COVID-19 impacted their numbers when they were at their busiest time. The group were recently honoured at a ceremony in Croke Park, and Louie explains how people can get involved:

13 hours ago

A PPP is an arrangement between a public authority and a private partner designed to deliver a public infrastructure project and service under a long-term contract. It's used in areas including social housing, healthcare and education. Deputy Mairead Farrell says this model of delivery is supposed to deliver better value for money and greater efficiency. But Galway West Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell says this simply is not happening in many cases.

2 days ago

Cabinet has today approved a new surgical hub for Galway - and given the green light for a site at Merlin Park to be used for a new elective hospital.  The surgical hub will focus on high volume surgeries like ear, nose and throat issues, urology, orthopaedics, gynaecology and general surgery.  A similar hub operating in Tallaght has reported a 90 per cent reduction in patients waiting more than three months for procedures.  While Merlin Park was already understood to be the location for a new elective hospital, it's now officially been rubber-stamped.  Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says what's important now, is that we keep the ball rolling.   While there are no firm details on the now-approved surgical hub in Galway, Minister Naughton says it will also be a very important facility. 

2 days ago

A local TD is expressing frustration over ongoing delays in processing Additional Needs Payments.  The payment is a single payment to help those who cannot meet essential expenses with their income.  Those who receive the payment do not have be in receipt of any other social welfare payment to qualify. Sinn Fein Deputy Clare Kerrane says it's unacceptable that some payments are still taking up to 12 weeks to process. 

3 days ago

Galway Bay fm newsroom - The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.  At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it's very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.    He added there's a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.    It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular - though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.     A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.    Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.     

3 days ago

Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12). The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara. It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.  Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.


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