Galway News

  • Any suggestion that an entry fee should be imposed on the general public to access Galway Museum must be resisted, according to Independent Galway Deputy Catherine Connolly.

    The Deputy says that Galway City Museum has become an integral part of the fabric of Galway city in the relatively short time since it has been established at the Spanish Arch. The number of visitors has gone up year on year, with annual figures of approximately 250,000 people.

    Significant enhancement and extension  to the Museum is now in progress, and the Deputy says the work involves Galway city council raising a €3.5 million loan, and Failte Ireland then matching that level of funding.

    The Deputy insists that this a substantial amount of public money and must be openly accounted for and every step of the drawdown of the money has to be publicly accounted for, particularly in light of the debacle, she says, of the Palas Cinema in the city.

    She is now seeking clarification on the welcome new development of the museum but wants answers from the City Council as to any new conditions that might be imposed under the co-funding scheme.

  • There are calls for the latest report from Ireland's Mother and Baby Homes Commission to be published as soon as possible.

    The Children's Minister confirmed yesterday that she's received the 5th interim report which is focused on the burial arrangements of those who died while living in the homes.

    It brings the Government a step closer to approving the excavation of the Tuam site where almost 800 children are believed to be buried.

  • The operators of the car-park at University Hospital Galway should be more lenient, in cases where people parked in a hurry to get a loved one into hospital and may not have money with them to pay the parking charges.

    That's according to Galway City Councillor Padraig Conneely who raised the matter at this week's HSE Regional Forum meeting in Merlin Park Hospital.

    It emerged at the meeting that revenue from car-parking charges was worth a net €1.3 million euro to Galway University Hospital in 2016.

    Councillor Conneely outlined two issues in relation to parking at the hospital - firstly he outlined the difficulties people have in getting a parking space, and secondly, he gave examples of when people may not have money with them to pay the fees, if they rushed to the hospital in an emergency situation.

    The meeting was told that concessions are available in some circumstances, but Councillor Conneely says the general public are not aware of these concessions.

  • EML Payments Limited today announced it is expanding its operation in Galway with the establishment of a Technology & Innovation Hub in Galway, employing 20 people.

    The investment is supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland.

    The Australian company provides prepaid payment services in Australia, Europe and North America, issuing mobile, virtual and physical card solutions for pay-outs, gifts, incentives and rewards as well as supplier payments. The company has an established sales and marketing operation in Wicklow.

    EML also offers supplier enablement, payment execution, programme management and other services.

    Minister Heather Humphreys, who is undertaking a trade and investment mission in Australia at present, welcomed the announcement, saying “This expansion is a great vote of confidence in Galway and, in particular, the highly skilled local workforce.

     

  • A Galway Councillor has questioned the HSE on why agency staff are being used for clerical work, if there is a panel already there of people who are qualified for the job.

    Fianna Fail Cllr Mary Hoade raised the matter at the recent HSE Regional Health Forum meeting.

    She said she was aware of instances where agency staff are being used in clerical and admin positions but was informed by HSE management that this was generally down to a situation where the contract on offer was short term or was turned down by someone on the panel.

    Cllr Hoade says she is concerned about the cost of agency staff to the HSE, especially where there is a panel in operation.

  • Galway East Fianna Fail TD Anne Rabbitte is to seek a nomination to contest the European Elections for the Midlands-North West constituency, despite the fact that party leader Micheal Martin has said he does not want TDs running in Europe.

    Deputy Rabbitte made the declaration at the Fianna Fail party’s Athenry-Oranmore selection convention for the local elections at the Raheen Woods Hotel last night.

    She is currently the party’s spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs.

    Meanwhile Fianna Fáil TD Billy Kelleher is actively campaigning to run in the European elections - despite the view of his party leader.

    Fianna Fáil is holding its annual Ard Fheis in CityWest in Dublin today.

    Cork TD Billy Kelleher has lined the driveway up to the meeting with campaign posters asking delegates to vote for him in Ireland South.

    Billy Kelleher says he's going ahead anyway:

  • Gardaí in Galway are appealing to the public for assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 26-year-old Roland Mitchell from Fr Griffin Road, Galway.

    Roland was last seen at 7pm on Saturday last February 2nd and was reported missing by his family who are concerned for his wellbeing.

    He is described as 5ft 11” in height, of slight build with brown/sandy hair. When last seen he was wearing a black denim jacket, blue jeans and black shoes.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Galway Garda Station 091 576257 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

     

  • A man who had been missing in Galway since last weekend has been found safe and well.

    26-year-old Roland Mitchell from Fr Griffin Road in Galway was reported missing by his family after last being seen at 7pm on Saturday evening.

    Gardai confirmed this afternoon that he had been found safe and well and thanked the public for their assistance in the matter.

     

     

  • A Galway based Minister says a new Housing Delivery Taskforce for the county, will help the local authorities in Galway to deliver housing more quickly and consistently.

    The taskforce has been established by the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government Eoghan Murphy and will be chaired by Ms Geraldine Tallon, former Department Secretary General, who currently chairs the Cork Housing Delivery Taskforce.

    The membership of the taskforce will consist of the Chief Executives of Galway City and County Councils, the Directors of Housing and housing department staff at the councils, senior officials at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, as well as a representative of the Approved Housing Body sector.

    Minister Kyne says despite multi-million investment in housing in a number of city and county locations in Galway in recent years, it is clear the progress on the delivery of new housing in Galway is too slow.

  • A report focusing on the burial arrangements of those who died in Mother and Baby Homes has been submitted to the Minister for Children & Youth Affairs.

    A statement from Katherine Zappone says this fifth report will inform the legislation required to allow for the excavation and exhumation at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

    The excavation of the Tuam site is expected to begin later this year as long as the Government passes the necessary legislation required to allow it.

    The 2017 inquiry into mother and baby homes confirmed that 'significant quantities' of human remains had been found on the Bon Secours site.

    The report suggested that almost 800 children may have been buried there between 1925 and 1961.

    The excavations will be the first of their kind here, with DNA experts and forensic archaeologists likely to be drafted in from outside the country.

    In today's statement, Minister Katherine Zappone said she's seeking formal Government approval to publish this report as soon as possible.

     

  • A 35.7 million euro capital investment package for Ireland's harbour network has been announced.

    Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed says it represents an increase of 9.4 million on last year's expenditure.

    2.48 million has been put aside for safety at the six Fishery Harbour Centres at Howth, Dunmore East, Castletownbere, Dingle, Ros An Mhíl and Killybegs.

     

     

  • The suicide rate within the Traveller community is six times higher than that of the wider society in Ireland.

    The statistic has been released to mark the launch of a network lobbying for improved mental health services for Travellers.

    The National Traveller Mental Health Network which will be launched later today at NUI Galway also aims to share information on best practice for addressing mental health within the community.

    Speaking ahead of this afternoon's launch, Thomas McCann - founding member of the Network - says there's a gap in mental health services for Travellers.

  • There are not enough staff to operate all of the theatres at Galway University Hospital on a full time basis.

    That was confirmed to Headford based Fianna Fail Cllr Mary Hoade at this week’s HSE Regional Health Forum meeting.

    Cllr Hoade says while all theatres are open at GUH at present, they are being optimised in line with available staff.

    She says it is one thing to have theatres closed at Merlin Park but it is a concern that there aren’t enough staff to keep them in use on a full time basis at GUH.