Urgent action needed to resolve the difficulties with ambulance service accommodation at Merlin Park

Deputy Connolly has said she fully understands the frustration felt by the ambulance team with the unsuitability of their accommodation at Merlin Park. She said that despite repeated promises that this accommodation would be temporary, it is now over three years since the ambulance service was asked to move. In this regard Deputy Connolly saidContinue Reading

The housing and homeless crisis in Galway is out of control and will continue to escalate with detrimental consequences if immediate action is not taken

Deputy Connolly said the failure by the City Council to build one single public house since 2009 has greatly exacerbated the crisis. The City Council is now attempting to rectify this situation by taking a number of initiatives including the provision of approximately 60 houses by direct build, approximately 70 through turn-key developments, and aContinue Reading

Survivors must be at the heart of the process to redevelop the site of the former industrial school at Lenaboy, Taylor’s Hill, Galway

Deputy Connolly fully supports the call from survivors and their families that they be placed at the heart of any consultation process in relation to the development of the former industrial school at Lenaboy, Taylor’s Hill. Furthermore, the request by ‘The West of Ireland Centre for Survivors and their Families’ that the building be usedContinue Reading

Update in relation to the closure of two theatres in Merlin Park hospital following a meeting with Minister Harris and stakeholders, including consultants from both Merlin and UHG, at Leinster House this afternoon

Deputy Connolly said she attended the meeting organised by Minster Harris this afternoon, Wednesday 4th October, in relation to the closed theatres in Merlin Park hospital. It emerged during that meeting that this was a crisis waiting to happen given that it was accepted by all that the building housing the operating theatres was not fitContinue Reading

Government must rethink its housing policy given the failure of the private market to provide homes

Cope’s recently published Annual Report on homelessness in Galway highlights in the most acute way the ongoing housing crisis in Galway. Deputy Catherine Connolly said “the increase in the number of homeless children from 369 in 2015 to 512 in 2016 is a shocking indictment of City Council and Government policy. This is a policyContinue Reading

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