Galway News

  • A nine year old girl has died and a 7 year old boy is seriously injured, following a collision with a car, while cycling in County Galway. 

    Gardai are currently at the scene, on the Ballinasloe to Ahascragh Road. 

    The collision happened shortly before noon today. 

    Both children were taken to Portiuncula Hospital where the 9 year old girl was later pronounced dead. 

    The 7 year old boy remains in a serious condition. 

    The road is currently closed for a forensic examination and Gardaí are appealing for anyone with information to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 0909 631890.

  • 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.

     

  • Extensive damage was caused to the communications room at the new Garda regional headquarters in Galway yesterday following a burst pipe according to RTE News.

    The full extent of the damage will be looked at over the weekend but it is reported that the control room will be out of action for a few days at least.

    Gardaí say 999 calls and all other communications are being rerouted to other stations, to ensure there's no disruption to service.

    The leak was detected shortly after 4pm yesterday.

    Water from the kitchen area leaked through a number of service ducts with electrical cabling and caused flooding to the main communications room.

    Personnel from the Office of Public Works are reviewing the situation. 

     

  • A Father's Day event will get underway at midday in County Galway to raise awareness of men's mental health.

    People are encouraged to fly kites at South Park next to the River Corrib.

    All proceeds from the day will go towards local youth mental health charity, Jigsaw.

  • Fine Gael has selected Ballaghaderreen based Senator Maura Hopkins to contest the next General Election for the party in the Roscommon-Galway constituency.

    The convention took place at Gleeson’s in Roscommon town last night.

    Two names went forward for consideration at the convention – Senator Hopkins and Councillor Michael Finnerty.

    It is understood that while Senator Hopkins was selected, Councillor Finnerty will be added to the ticket at a later date.

    Cllr Finnerty last stood in a General Election 30 years ago and will contest the local elections next month in the Ballinasloe Municipal District.

  • Five cities across the country are being given ideas on how to grow their region's economies.

    The Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy's attending today's Galway Chamber Conference on Ireland's Cities in NUI Galway.

    Cork, Dublin, Limerick, Waterford and Galway will hear proposals on issues like housing and transport.

    President of Galway Chamber of Commerce Dave Hickey says their plans will be good overall for the whole country

  • A former Galway Senator is to contest the upcoming European elections in the Midlands North West constituency.

    Fidelma Healy Eames was a Senator between 2007 and 2016 but failed to get elected to the Dail on a number of occasions.

    She announced in 2016 that she would not be seeking re-election to the Seanad.

    She will now return to politics by contesting next month’s European elections.

     

  • 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.

     

     

  • The Minister for Justice says the case of a Direct Provision resident, who was buried by the State without any of her friends' knowledge, will not be repeated.

    Sylva Tukula, a transgender woman in her 30s who was living in an all-male Galway centre, died last August.

    After her next-of-kin could not be contacted, she was buried last month without a ceremony or her friends being told.

    The Department of Justice claims this was due to a "breakdown in communication".

    Minister Charlie Flanagan says lessons have been learned.

  • It's hoped some of staff in the Irish Ardcadia stores that are to close will be redeployed.

    It was confirmed yesterday that 23 outlets across Britain and Ireland are to shut, as part of a restructuring arrangement.

    Up to 100 staff in six Irish stores, including four in Dublin, face redundancy. One of the stores due to be impacted is Miss Selfridge in Galway.

    But the Mandate trade union will meet Arcadia tomorrow to see if some can be deployed to other stores within the group, such as Miss Selfridge and Dorothy Perkins.

  • The modular orthopaedic theatres promised for Merlin Park Hospital in Galway will be further delayed by several months, according to the HSE.

    The modular theatres were proposed to deal with the backlog of orthopaedic procedures, following the closure of two surgical theatres at the hospital in 2017 due to leaking roofs.

    However, 18 months later, the temporary theatres have not been provided, and HSE management confirmed this week that they have failed to reach agreement on the terms of the contract, and have terminated their letter of intent with the provider.

    This is a further setback for the modular theatres,  according to Galway City Councillor Padraig Conneely, who had asked HSE management for an update on the current status on the proposed modular theatres for Merlin Park Hospital.

    Councillor Conneely told Midwest News that the ongoing delay in providing these modular theatres is most disappointing.

  • 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.