• Galway University Hospital is once again the most overcrowded in the country, with 57 patients on trolleys today.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, the number on trolleys nationally has risen to 558.

    This includes 57 at UHG, 25 at Sligo University Hospital and 26 at Mayo University Hospital.

     Figures also show that, during the month of November, 178 patients spent time on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, with an average waiting time of 12 hours on a trolley in the Emergency Department.

    The figures were confirmed to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne at a recent meeting of the HSE regional forum in Galway.

    Councillor Kilcoyne claims there are many Third World and developing countries that have a more satisfactory health service at present that what's being provided to sick people in Co Mayo....

  • There's a jobs boost for Galway City this morning, as Triggerfish - Africa's most successful animation company - has announced it's to establish an animation studio in Galway.

    The project is expected to create 60 new jobs over the next 3 years.

    Triggerfish is behind a number of animated films and TV series.

    The Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys has welcomed the news that Triggerfish have chosen to establish their first international animation studio in Galway, where they will join a list of award-winning indigenous and foreign animation studios already based in the city, and says "they will be a great addition to this thriving sector".

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

    Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

    He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

  • There are 649 people waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Yesterday, levels reached a new record high of 714.

    Today, there are 28 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 21 in Sligo, 19 at Mayo University Hospital and 13 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where there are 58 people waiting for a hospital bed.

    The HSE has announced that non-urgent elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the county, as they try and tackle the backlog of patients on trolleys.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta Hospital Group told Midwest News today that while non-urgent electives are cancelled at Mayo University Hospital, some urgent elective procedures are proceeding.

    The spokesperson said patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

    At Galway University Hospital , some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today have been deferred.

    Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.

  • A 67-year-old man has admitted killing a well-known runner in Galway.

    Noel Lenihan of Cardinal Road, Mervue was due to stand trial for murdering Christopher McGrath at his home on March 12th 2017.

    He pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when the charge was put to him today and his plea was accepted by the DPP.

    His sentence hearing will take place in November.



  • A 70 year old man has died following a single-vehicle collision in Co. Galway.

    He was the sole occupant of a car that hit a wall on the Ballinasloe to Laurencetown Road at Sycamore Hill at around 8:30 last night.

    The man's body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem.

    The road remains closed while Gardai examine the scene and any witnesses are being asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station at 090-96 31890.


  • It’s a continuing crisis that is unfair to patients and staff at University Hospital Galway today where there are 71 patients waiting on trolleys for admission to the facility.

    That’s the view of Headford based Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade.

    According to the INMO trolley watch figures the highest number of patients nationally waiting in Emergency Departments on trolleys today is at University Hospital Galway.

    Councillor Hoade says she has contacted both the department of Health and the HSE management about her concerns over the ongoing overcrowding at the hospital, but says five years after a new ED for Galway was promised by this government, the new build has not even reached the planning stage.

    She told Midwest News today that she fears that today’s crisis at the hospital will be repeated not just this winter, but another winter as well, unless urgent contingency measures are implemented.

  • There is good news for Galway on the jobs front with 75 new posts announced this morning.

    Quidel Corporation, which makes medical diagnostic equipment, is establishing a Business Centre in the city.

    The international company already employs approximately 1,200 people across the world.

    Quidel is currently recruiting professionals for its Galway operation in areas including Finance, Human Resources, Customer Service, and Technical Support.

  • The 7th Annual Business Leaders Sleepout event takes place tonight in aid of COPE Galway’s Homeless Services.

    This is COPE Galway’s biggest and longest fundraising event of the year and will see 32 people from Galway’s business community sleeping rough for 12 hours from later this evening, to raise awareness about homelessness in Galway and help raise funds for COPE Galway’s Homeless Services.

    COPE Galway’s most recent quarterly one day census identified a total of 195 adults and 221 children as living in emergency accommodation provided directly by COPE Galway and in private emergency accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs. Of this figure, 84 were families. There were also 27 people sleeping rough that night.

    Sharon Fitzpatrick is the Head of Development with COPE Galway and told Midwest News today that the sleepout raises much needed funds and awareness of the current situation in Galway.

  • September was the worst month of 2019 for trolley figures at Irish hospitals, with over 10,600 patients on trolleys across the country last month.

    It was also the worst September on record for overcrowding, according to the INMO.

    Figures released today show Galway University Hospital had the third-highest number of patients on trolleys, with 884 people on trolleys during the past month - the highest September figure at the Galway hospital in the past 15 years.

    University Hospital Limerick was the most overcrowded in the country last month, with over 1400 patients on trolleys.

    INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghda says the figures are astonishing, especially outside of Winter, and are placing a massive strain on frontline staff.

    The INMO says it's a capacity issue - more hospitals beds and more nurses are needed.

    Sligo University Hospital had almost 400 patients on trolleys during the past month, with 110 at Mayo University Hospital - which was down on previous years.


  • A community based alcohol treatment service is to be reintroduced in Galway, according to local Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton.

    The development is contained in the newly published HSE service plan.

    Deputy Naughton told Midwest News that she has worked with local activists, doctors, addiction counsellors and Gardai over the last year and held meetings with both Ministers Simon Harris and Catherine Byrne TD in an effort to get the service restored

    Since the old facility burned down in 2012 there has been no dedicated alcohol addiction treatment service in Galway.

    The deputy says that before the service closed,up to 50 people a day sought counselling or treatment for drug or alcohol dependency. Since then there has effectively been no help when people required it. This has resulted in admissions to UHG which could have been avoided and created a huge amount of distress for many.

     Almost €500,000 has been approved for the service in 2020 which will allow the lease of a dedicated building plus the creation of a number of posts. These will include 3 dedicated alcohol addiction counsellors, a family support counsellor, a project worker, a liaison nurse and administrative staff.




  • A man is due to be sentenced later this morning for killing well-known Galway athlete Christopher McGrath three years ago.

    Noel Lenihan of Cardinal Cushing Road in Mervue, Galway was initially charged with murder but his plea to manslaughter was accepted by the DPP.

    Mr. Lenihan claimed he was acting in self-defence when he stabbed 38 years old Christy McGrath in his home in Mervue on March 12th 2016.

    At his sentence hearing earlier this month, the court heard Noel Lenihan kissed Christy when he was a teenager, and a sexual relationship later developed.

    The court heard Christy and his siblings had a difficult upbringing, and he assumed an almost parent-like role from a very young age.

    Noel Lenihan was a friend of the family's and Christy's sister Jessica told him it'll haunt them forever to know someone they'd known since they were children took their beloved brother from them.

    Christy's step-sister Sylvia O'Connor described it as the "ultimate betrayal".


  • Icy conditions have caused multiple incidents in the western half of the country this morning.

    Emergency services are at the scene of a road traffic collision between Balla and Claremorris at Carrowgarve.

    It’s an extremely busy morning for inbound traffic in Galway due to the closure of the Tuam Rd between Claregalway and Two Mile Ditch following a serious crash.

    It’s especially busy inbound on the N84 Headford, with a 5km queue for the crossroads at Clonboo, possibly as people avoid the Tuam Rd.

    It’s also very heavy on the local Corrandulla approach to Clonboo.

  • A report into burial practices at mother and baby homes is to be brought before Cabinet this morning.

    The Irish Times reports that it's expected to focus on burial arrangements made for women and children who died while living in the institutions.

    The fifth interim report from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission was received by Children's Minister Katherine Zappone last month.

    The report includes extensive technical reports prepared in the course of the commission’s investigations into the burial site associated with the institution formerly known as the Tuam Mother and Baby Home and the commission’s assessment of burial arrangements in respect of a number of other institutions within its remit.

    It also reports on burial arrangements in circumstances where the remains were initially transferred to educational institutions for anatomical examination.

  • A weather warning has been issued for seven counties tonight with gusts of 100 km/h expected.

    The forecaster has issued two Status Yellow wind warnings today, the first is in place for Galway, Mayo, Donegal, Kerry, between midnight and 8am on Monday.

    The second alert is valid for Wexford, Cork and Waterford from 3am until 11am tomorrow.

    Met Eireann has said that falling temperatures, strong winds and heavy rain are expected over the coming days.


    A woman in her 80s was fatally injured in a road collision yesterday morning in county Galway.

    Shortly after 9am the Emergency services attended at the scene of serious road traffic collision between two vehicles on the R446 at Kilrickle, Loughrea.

    The elderly woman, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, was removed by ambulance to Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe where she died a short time later.

    Her name has not yet been released by gardai.

    The other occupants of the vehicles involved sustained what are described as “minor injuries” and were also brought to Portiuncula Hospital for treatment.

    Loughrea Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to the collision to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Loughrea Garda Station 091 842870 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

  • Additional bus services from Galway to An Cheathrú Rua will come on stream from next September as a result of intense negotiations.

    That’s according to Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O Cuiv.

    Deputy O Cuiv says currently, the last bus leaves Galway at around 6 o’clock in the evening; however there is demand for continuing services up until at least 11pm.

    Bus Eireann say they will introduce half hour frequency services on the An Cheathrú Rua to Galway service at peak commuter lines.

    There will also be three night services at 7pm, 9pm, and 11pm.

  • Airbnb prices in Galway rose 10% over the past year to an average of €116 per night.

    A report in the Irish Independent shows the highest average nightly rates are in Dublin at €143, followed by Galway in second place.

    Despite the housing crisis, the number of homes advertised for short-term letting by Airbnb has risen by more than 1,000 across the country.

    The figures show 5,855 entire homes were available for hire in Galway, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Waterford - a rise of 20% since this time last year.

    The figures are published ahead of a Government clampdown on short-term lettings, which are due to take effect from next June.

    Under the new regime, homeowners will only be allowed to let their properties for no more than 14 days at a time, and no more than 90 days per year.

    For short-term lets above 90 days, planning permission will be required to allow the property be used on a commercial basis.

    And in areas with a high demand for housing, including the main cities, local authorities will be allowed to refuse planning permission.

  • In Galway East, all three seats have been filled, with Independent Sean Canney , Ciaran Cannon of FG and Fianna Fail's Anne Rabbitte all being returned to Dail Eireann.

    In Galway West, it could be another long day, as no candidate has yet been elected in the 5-seater.

    Counting in Salthill resumes at 9.30 this morning, with Sinn Fein's Mairead Farrell likely to be the first elected.

    And in Sligo / Leitrim, just one of the four seats has been filled, with Sinn Fein's Martin Kenny topping the poll.

  • All-Ireland champions Corofin have been rewarded with six players on the first ever AIB GAA Club Players’ football team of the championship.

    The new GAA initiative has reviewed the outstanding performances at provincial and All-Ireland level in the AIB Club Championships with a cross-section of GAA media voting on a final 15.

    Galway and Connacht champions Corofin had to show plenty of resilience en route to Croke Park, but cut loose on St Patrick’s Day where they produced a sensational shooting display against Nemo Rangers to capture the club’s third AIB All-Ireland senior club football title.

    The result is that Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Dylan Wall, Michael Farragher, Ian Burke and Martin Farragher have all been awarded a place on the inaugural football team of the championship.

    In an additional coup for the club, Corofin also completely dominate the short list for AIB GAA Club footballer of the year with Ian Burke, Michael Farragher and Liam Silke providing the short list.

    Inspirational dual club Slaughtneil have the next highest representation with four footballers from the Derry club selected. Antóin McMullan, Karl McKaigue, Chrissy McKaigue and Chris Bradley all feature after their exploits over the season.

    Stylish half back James Murray and sharp shooter Eanna O’Connor represent Kildare and Leinster champions Moorefield.

    Despite their misfire in the All-Ireland final, there was still much to admire about Nemo Rangers, particularly in a typically tough Munster campaign, and midfielder Alan O’Connor and full forward Luke Connolly represent the Cork and Munster champions.

    The team is completed by Donegal star Patrick McBrearty who was in sensational form for his club Kilcar over the course of their two matches in the Ulster club championship and was a class apart in the full-forward line.

    Uachtarán Cumann Luthchleas Gael John Horan said: “It’s a great honour for all of those players who have been selected – especially with this being the inaugural year of these awards – and I congratulate them all.

    “The AIB GAA Club Championships continue to grow from strength to strength and these awards are a reflection of that.

    “Every year the club campaign is responsible for some of the high points in the GAA season and it is fitting that we salute the star performers who go to such lengths for the pride of their club jersey. In recognising these outstanding performers we also pay tribute to the clubs who produced them.”

    Coman Goggins, AIB Sports Programme Manager said: “AIB is very proud to celebrate its 27th year sponsoring the club championships and we are delighted to partner with The GAA for the introduction of the AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards. The awards honour some of the greatest club players across Ireland, who have shown immense passion and commitment to their club throughout #TheToughest competition.

    Coman continued: “On behalf of AIB I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate each of the winners and to thank the national and regional sports media for taking the time to cast their votes and for their continued support for the AIB GAA Club Championships.”

    Specially commissioned awards by Jarlath Daly will be presented to the players at a banquet at Croke Park on Saturday, April 21 where the AIB GAA Club Footballer of the Year will be announced live on the night.

    The AIB GAA Club Players’ Awards for Hurling will be announced on April 18.

    The team in full is:


    1. Antóin McMullan (Slaightneil)
    2. Liam Silke (Corofin)
    3. Kieran Fitzgerald (Corofin)
    4. Karl McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
    5. James Murray (Moorefield)
    6. Chrissy McKaigue (Slaughtneil)
    7. Dylan Wall (Corofin)
    8. Alan O’Donovan (Nemo Rangers)
    9. Michael Farragher (Corofin)
    10. Eanna O’Connor (Moorefield
    11. Christopher Bradley (Slaughtneil)
    12. Ian Burke (Corofin)
    13. Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar)
    14. Luke Connolly (Nemo Rangers)
    15. Martin Farragher (Corofin)


    Ian Burke (Corofin), Michael Farragher (Corofin), Liam Silke (Corofin)