Monday 23 April 2018

Firefighters injured

Station hours cut

TWO members of the Galway fire brigade were hospitalised after they were injured at a fire in the city on Wednesday evening.

The blaze at Western Motors in Ballybrit was reported at around 8.30pm and caused damage to a number of vehicles. Gardai are not treating the fire as suspicious and are to carry out a technical examination of the scene today.

A MAYO community has raised concerns for its garda station after a dramatic reduction in opening hours for the service was proposed.

Swinford garda station has been providing a full service but became part of the new Claremorris garda district last November. Gardai outlined the new proposals to the community which would see it provide just three hours cover from Monday to Friday with two hours on Saturday and an hour on Sunday.

THE post for a consultant geriatrician at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, which has been vacant for over a year, is set to be filled.

The position has remained vacant since March 2013, despite the HSE having approval to appoint a replacement since June of that year. The HSE has now confirmed that following interviews last May the position has now been offered. It is awaiting a response from the successful candidate.

A SUMMER school to commemorate Aran writers Liam and Tom O'Flaherty will return for the second year next month. The school will once more be held in Inis Mór, the birthplace of the two writers on the last weekend of August.

The keynote event on Saturday 30 will reflect on WWI focusing on the writing of Liam O'Flaherty who fought and was injured in the Great War. He was also the first Irish author to write a novel about World War I.

Scientists from NUI Galway have been involved in a significant new international study that explains how blood production declines with age.

The research may provide ways of mitigating the effects of ageing on the blood which can lead to diseases such as anaemia and bone marrow. The study was led by the University of California, San Francisco, in conjunction with NUI Galway's Centre for Chromosome Biology and researchers from Madrid.

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