Deputy Connolly calls on the Health Service Executive for clarity on the reopening of the day centre in Áras Mhic Dara in Carraroe

Deputy Catherine Connolly said she very much welcomes confirmation from the Minister that the day centre in Áras Mhic Dara in Carraroe will reopen and that a nurse will be available off-site. Deputy Connolly expressed serious concern however that a firm date for reopening has still not been set. It is a matter that Deputy Connolly has raised repeatedly in the Dáil, most recently earlier this month in a topical issue debate and while the Minister of State confirmed that the day centre will reopen, unfortunately he did not give a specific date. In this regard Deputy Connolly has now gone back to the HSE to seek clarity on aContinue Reading

Respite and Home Care Services in Galway.

Deputy Catherine Connolly said the situation that has emerged post-Covid in relation of the number of respite beds available in the city and county, along with a list of people waiting for home care, is of great concern. In response to a specific Dáil question, Deputy Connolly was informed that pre-Covid there were 25 respite beds available in the city and county including 12 in Merlin Park. Post-Covid, there are now only 4 respite beds available. Indeed, the number at Merlin Park has gone from 12 to 2, the Aran Islands has gone from 2 to 0, Carraroe has gone from 2 to 0, and Clifden District Hospital has goneContinue Reading

Positive decision by HSE not to outsource catering facilities at St Francis home.

Deputy Catherine Connolly has said that she very much welcomes the confirmation from HSE West that the catering facilities at St Francis Home, Newcastle will not be outsourced to a private company. This facility has been an integral part of the day centre service for many years providing wholesome and nutritious meals to those attending the day centre. In addition, it also provides meals for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAHMS) at Merlin Park. Indeed, it has been the recipient of awards for the quality of the food it produces and in its most recent Annual Inspection Report the Mental Health Commission highlighted that “residents were provided withContinue Reading

Ongoing Closure of Galway Respite Services.

Deputy Catherine Connolly said she has the most serious concerns in relation to the Government’s ongoing failure to reopen essential respite services in Galway City and County, which have been closed since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020. She said it is completely unacceptable that people have been left for almost a year and a half without the crucial supports they, or their loved ones, so desperately need. It is particularly shocking, she said, when viewed in the context of the reopening of hospitality and the easing of other pandemic restrictions. Deputy Connolly said that she has consistently followed up on this matter in the Dáil overContinue Reading

Outdoor drinking in Galway

Deputy Connolly said the Garda Commissioner was right to highlight the difficult position that Gardaí on the ground have been put in in relation to drinking in public areas. The difficulty has arisen directly from the government’s message that this was to be an outdoor summer. Notwithstanding this message, there was no preparation and or no anticipation of the challenges that this would pose. The bye-laws, which prohibit the consumption of alcohol in public places in Galway, were enacted only after a very long consultation process. A number of issues came to the fore during that consultation process including the impact of uncontrolled drinking on residential areas, and the lackContinue Reading

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