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The chief executive of Mayo County Council, Peter Hynes, said he was "very happy" with the return the council got from its spending on hospitality on council credit cards. The issue was raised by Fine Gael councillor Jarlath Munnelly on Monday, during a discussion on the Local Goverment Audit Services Statutory Audit Report for 2014. Cllr Munnelly pointed out an item in the report compiled by Hugh Neville, an auditor with the Department of the Environment and Local Government, that read: "Expenses paid through credit cards for senior management, including a sample of invoices processed through the expenditure system for hospitality were examined by me in the course of the 2014 audit. While improvements continue to be made, the information supplied in some cases was not detailed enough. Given the poor state of the finances of the council, the level of hospitality and related expenses currently incurred by the council should be capped."
The Galway City Council has unanimously passed a motion calling on the Government to rethink the new Housing Assistance Payment scheme, amid fears the scheme will cause chaos for the local authority due to a lack of funding to staff it.
More than 2,500 Galway children may benefit from the services provided by the new €650 million national children’s hospital in Dublin, which is expected to be completed by 2019.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has expressed concern at driver attitudes to tyre safety, after a recent survey revealed that one in eight drivers have bought part-worn tyres in the past.
A local TD is calling for a unified approach to heart failure to be adopted throughout the country, which takes on board best practice and best models.
According to a report published by the Restaurants Association of Ireland, 625 new jobs in the food, tourism, and hospitality sectors have been created in Mayo since the reduced VAT rate of nine per cent was introduced in July 2011.
One in 10 nurses hired by Galway University Hospitals (UHG and Merlin Park) since January has returned from overseas.
A child with special needs who is waiting on an operation at University Hospital Galway has had it cancelled on a number of occasions.
A reshuffle of the senior management in Mayo County Council will kick in at the start of next month, the chief executive of the council, Peter Hynes, told the elected members of the council at their September meeting this week. The reshuffle will see two new full time directors of services who were appointed recently, Joanne Grehan and Thomas Gilligan, taking over their new roles.
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland this week reported that two closure orders were issued against restaurants in Mayo during the month of August.