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HSE VOWS TO PROGRESS PORTUMNA PRIMARY CARE CENTRE

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Date Published: 03-Oct-2012

The HSE is endeavouring to progress a primary care centre for Portumna as soon as possible.

The matter was raised in the Seanad this week by Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins who said that the facility was identified on a priority list under the previous government but was not progressed.

The Portumna project does not currently feature on a nationwide list of 35 locations of which 20 such centres are to be developed.

Speaking in the upper house, Senator Higgins sought a committment that provision will be made for the centre in future capital budgets.

Speaking on behalf of Health Minister James Reilly, Education Minister Ruairi Quinn said the provision of a primary care centre in Portumna has been progressed to date by way of a private sector operational lease process.

Under this arrangement, the project design was advanced in 2010 to 2011 after an alternative site was deemed acceptable to the HSE.

Minister Quinn says a number of discussions have recently now concluded and confirmation on the development should be known soon.

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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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