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  • University Hospital Galway is reminding the public that visitor restrictions continue on St. Dominic's ward due to a number of confirmed cases of Influenza (flu). In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the flu virus, it says its imperative that only essential visiting takes place at this time in consultation with nurse management on the ward.

    Infection control procedures are in place on the affected ward and will remain in place until further notice.

    There continue to be cases of flu in the community and anyone who is suffering from symptoms of the flu are asked not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients.

  • A “Drive Safer and for Longer” event takes place at the McWilliam Park Hotel in Claremorris this morning, and is fully booked out.

    The event is being organised by Mayo County Council’s Road Safety Office and Mayo’s Older People’s Council, and will run from 9.30am to 1pm.

    The course is aimed at giving reassurance to drivers over the age of 50, helping them to improve and update their driving skills, and provide advice on changes in road traffic law, road layouts and traffic signs.

  • Funding of over €1.2 million has been allocated to build seven new social houses at Clooneybeirne in Roscommon Town.

    The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy has given Roscommon County Council the funding go-ahead for this housing construction scheme at Cluain Fraoigh.

    Roscommon-based FG Senator Frank Feighan says this provision is part of the Government’s housing action plan, ‘Rebuilding Ireland.’

    He's hoping to see the 7 new social houses coming on stream as soon as possible to help tackle the housing shortage in the area.

     

  • Irish people have spent more than one-point-seven billion euro on renovating their homes in the last 4 years.

    Over 100 thousand projects have been carried out since the Home Renovation Incentive was launched in 2013.

    In Co Mayo, €17.7 million was spent on renovating 1,364 properties.

    In Roscommon, the spend was over 10 million on 983 properties, while Galway homeowners spent over €65 million over the past 4 years in renovating almost four and a half thousand properties.

    Nationally, the average spend was more than 16 thousand euro, and projects included home extensions, general repair and renovations, window replacements and kitchen replacements.

    Director of the Construction Industry Federation Tom Parlon says the scheme has been a huge success:

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    €30,000 has been granted for traffic calming measures in the village of Kilkelly.

    Local Fianna Fail Cllr. John Caulfield says Kilkelly is the shortest route on to the N17 for many commuters.

    Cllr. Caulfield says he has fought for some time to have the speed reduced in Kilkelly due to the narrow streets and the safety concerns raised by local residents and businesses.

     

  • Mayo University Hospital spent over €5.3 million on agency staff last year.

    The HSE has released figures which show that, every day last year, almost €1 million was spent on agency staff nationally, to fill posts left vacant due to recruitment and retention issues.

    A breakdown of the figures shows €5.3 million was spent on agency staff at Mayo University Hospital, of which €590,000 was spent on agency nurses while €1.6 million was spent on medical and dental staff.

    Mayo Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh told Midwest News that this spend on agency staff is not prudent or sustainable, as agency staff are more expensive than directly-employed staff.

  • €5m is being made available under the latest CLÁR programme, which has reopened this morning.

    The reopening of the scheme has been confirmed by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.

    Funding will be available under 3 measures of the programme – the Community Safety Measure; Play Areas and the First Response Support Measure.

    Local Authorities and Community Groups and Organisations can apply for funding under the programme.

    Minister Ring told Midwest News he is delighted to be able to reopen the scheme once again.

  • Funding of €855,000 has been allocated today to Mayo County Council under the Local Improvement Scheme for improvement works on private rural roads in the county.

    Under the LIS scheme last year, improvements were carried out on 89 private roads in Mayo.

    The scheme is aimed at laneways and boreens that enable people to access their homes and farms.

    The Minister for Rural & Community Affairs Michael Ring has allocated €855,000 euro for the LIS roads in Mayo, and says he might be in a position to make a further allocation next September.

  • Almost six and a half thousand older people across the country are currently on a waiting list for home care support from the HSE.

    The biggest waiting list in the CHO2, which comprises Mayo, Galway and Roscommon with 1,482 people waiting for home support hours.

    The figures, obtained by Fianna Fail, show that between January and March, the HSE missed its target of home support hours by around 40,000 hours - or almost 10%.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chambers is asking why those targets are being missed- particularly in the Western counties, where older people are waiting for basic supports in order to continue living at home.

  • There’s good news this morning for Glencastle National School, Bunnahowen as the Minister for Education has allocated 1.2 million euro to build a special needs unit at the Gaeltacht primary school.

    Minister Michael Ring has confirmed that the unding has been approved to build an extension at the school for an SNA unit.

  • €145,000 has been allocated to Mayo under the Community Enhancement Programme.

     Over €4.5 million will be provided to disadvantaged communities in rural and urban areas throughout the country through the Community Enhancement Programme.

    Announcing the funding Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says typical enhancements under the Programme include the renovation of community centres, community amenities, improvements to town parks and common areas and spaces, CCTV equipment and energy efficiency type projects.

  • 19,148 pensioners in Mayo will see an increase in their weekly payment from today.

    This was confirmed by Minister Michael Ring who says the state pension will be increased by €5 per week for those on maximum weekly rates, with proportionate increases for those on reduced rates.

    There will also be a €5 increase in the maximum rate of all weekly payments for lone parents, jobseekers, carers, people with disabilities, widows, and people on employment programmes.

  • Over 500 artists, musicians and performers will take part in the Galway International Arts Festival, which gets underway today.

    It's one of Europe's leading international arts festivals, and this year's programme once again includes a mix of Irish and international artists and performers, with an impressive line-up of theatre, dance, comedy, music and visual art.

    This is the 41st year of Galway Arts Festival, which runs until the 29th July.

    Madness, Kodaline, The Stunning, Gavin James and the RTE Conert Orchestra are just some of the acts which will take to the stage at the Festival Big Top.

     

  • Ballyhaunis-born war hero Corporal Patrick Gallagher will be remembered in Cork tomorrow, when the 2018 Irish Navy class graduating from the Naval Base will take his name.

    Bob Gallagher from Derrintogher, Ballyhaunis was killed in Vietnam in 1967 - shortly after being awarded the Navy Cross for saving the lives of three of his comrades.

    Last year, St Patrick's Church in Ballyhaunis was packed to capacity at a special Mass to remember Corporal Gallagher, and a monument was unveiled at the local cemetery.

    It was confirmed earlier this year that the US Navy is to name a ship after Corporal Gallagher, and now the Irish Navy will also honour him at tomorrow's ceremony.

  • The 2018 Town & Village Renewal Scheme is opening for applications from today (Friday).

    Nationally , €15 million will be allocated to support rural regeneration projects in towns and villages across the country, and the scheme is aimed at areas with a population of less than 10,000 people.

    Last year, 14 towns and villages in Co Mayo received funding under the scheme.

    Grants were made available for projects such as Ballinrobe Town Hall, Ballycastle Museum, enhancement works in Balla, Ballyhaunis, Claremorris and Breaffy village, the Admiral Browne promenade in Foxford, round tower in Killala and Dark Sky project in Ballycroy.

    The Mayo-based Minister for Rural & Community Development Michael Ring says this is a very important scheme for revitalising smaller rural villages and towns.

  • There will be 211 polling stations in operation across county Mayo in the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

    Voters on Mayo’s three islands are voting today, and the rest of the county cast their preference tomorrow (Friday).

    Voters are being asked if they want the Eighth Amendment in the Constitution retained or repealed.

    The Eighth Amendment  reads "The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right."

    This is the phrasing exactly as it appears in the constitution and there can be no changes made to it without a referendum.

    County Registrar Fintan Murphy is in charge of operations in the Referendum in county Mayo.

    He told Midwest News today that there is one polling station less in the county on this occasion than at the last Referendum, and the voters affected will be accommodated in Tourmakeady. 

  • More than a million euro in funding has been announced for 22 projects in Mayo under the Community Involvement Scheme.

     €23 million euro was announced nationally under the Programme for regional and local road projects.

    Applications were sought from local authorities for suitable schemes for inclusion and the response from local authorities was very positive, according to the Minister Shane Ross, with a large number of proposals received.

    The average community contribution proposed is about 19%. The community input can be either by way of a financial contribution or works.

    Paul Dolan is Senior Engineer with Mayo county council, speaking to Midwest News today he said  it is welcome funding for the county.

    The local authority had submitted 22 applications under this scheme and all 22 have been approved.

  • It’s emerged that a number of hospitals are routinely missing their targets for treating cancer patients within 15 days of diagnosis.

    As a result, hundreds of people were last year forced to wait for chemotherapy, according to figures published in the Irish Independent.

    The worst offender was The Mater Hospital in Dublin where one-in-three cancer patients got delayed treatment last year.

    The National Cancer Control Programme has set a target that 95% of cancer patients should receive IV treatment within 15 days of diagnosis, but at Galway University Hospital, 22% of patients did not receive IV treatment within the 15-day target last year, and this figure was 25% at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

    Mayo and Sligo University Hospitals fared better, with 99% of patients at both hospitals receiving chemotherapy treatment within 15 days of diagnosis.

     

     

  • 25,000 used batteries weighing in at 480kgs have been collected by the students of St Patrick’s National School  in Castlebar over the last number of weeks as they took part in a recycling project with WEE Ireland.

    Today the Big Battery Hunt presentation took place in the school.

    The initiative was undertaken by the school secretary Aoife McIntyre and Liz McManamon was the teacher co-ordinator.

    Ben Walsh is a 5th class student in St Patrick’s who himself added 3,450 used batteries to the collection.

    He told Midwest News today that it's important for the environment that used batteries are disposed of safely.

  • More than 280,000 euro in funding has been approved for a new Community Centre in Kilkelly.

    Funding of 281,445 has been granted under the Leader Programme for the development.

    The facility is being constructed to meet the social and leisure needs of the community, while also providing a venue for community services.

    Minister Michael Ring told Midwest News today that he is delighted to approve support for the new centre, which he says will act as a focal point for information and coordination of all local activity and will drive local development.