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With the local elections less than five months away, Cllr. Aengus O’Rourke notes that four major national issues continue to dominate the public mindset, similar to those that prevailed on the canvass in 2014.
New figures on the funding of Local Authorities released by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform confirm that the Galway city and county councils have taken an overall funding cut of 52 per cent since 2011.
It is said the recipe for success is 20 per cent aptitude and 80 percent attitude. Attitude is a reflection of leadership, meaning strong leadership is the single most important factor in business survival.
Ireland is trailing behind its European neighbours in the treatment of a progressive lung disease, a leading charity has warned.
The proposed merger of the Galway city and county councils will not create any significant cost savings, but is still being recommended to go ahead in order to satisfy a "worrying trend towards privatisation and centralisation" of public services in the State.
The numbers of women on long-term waiting lists for gynaecology services at University Hospital Galway, has jumped by almost a third in the past two years, with more than 1,100 currently on in-patient and out-patient waiting lists for varying periods.
One in six pregnant women or 16 per cent of pregnant women attending maternity services across Ireland are at probable risk of depression during their pregnancy, according to a new survey launched this week by a Trinity College Dublin research team and the Irish Obstetric Services. Mayo Univesity Hospital, Castlebar, was one of the maternity sites involved in this first comprehensive incidence survey. More than 5,000 women at all stages of pregnancy were questioned for the study in Castlebar and at The National Maternity Hospital, Cork University Hospital, University Hospital Limerick, and community antenatal clinics in Tallaght.
BY Michelle Murphy, Research and Policy Analyst, Social Justice Ireland
Ballot papers arrive for the NUl Seanad elections this week and independent candidate, Alice-Mary Higgins, has said she will draw on advocacy experience with Trocaire, Older & Bolder and the National Women’s Council of Ireland to bring “long term thinking into the heart of policy-making.”
Tesco has announced that long serving members of staff are on ‘inflexible contracts’ and are demanding that they take wage cuts. Tom Moran, the People Before Profit General Election candidate, has claimed: “This move reflects the true nature of the Irish recovery — it is being built on a low wage economy. About 1,000 members of Tesco staff are affected and it would mean a cut of €2.35 (16.5 per cent) per hour for workers earning €14.31. Over a whole year, it would lead to a minimum reduction of €6,591 per worker."