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

Closure of two theatres in Merlin Park hospital

Deputy Connolly said she has raised the closure of the theatres in Merlin Park in the Dáil on Thursday, 28th with the Minister for Health. It was confirmed to Deputy Connolly that a leak developed on 4th September in the roof of a building at Merlin Park hospital that houses the hospital’s two orthopaedic theatres.Continue Reading

The roll out of community mental health services in Galway city and county

Deputy Catherine Connolly has said that the delay in the roll out of community mental health services in Galway city, Conamara and the islands has been brought to her attention and the absence of such services is a cause of great concern to her. It is clear that the existing service is at crisis pointContinue Reading

Finally, and after a very long campaign, the former Industrial School in Taylor’s Hill, Galway and known as Lenaboy is to be handed over to the people of Galway.

Deputy Catherine Connolly welcomes confirmation that the former industrial school known as Lenaboy in Taylors Hill is to be handed over to the City Council in trust for the people of Galway. She said the most important first step in this process however must be the beginning of a meaningful consultation with the survivors ofContinue Reading

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