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CHO2 area has highest number of young children in country waiting for psychology appointments- Murphy
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon/Galway Eugene Murphy has highlighted the fact that the CHO2 area which covers counties Galway, Roscommon and Mayo has the highest number of young children waiting for a for a primary care psychology appointment in the country.
New figures provided to Fianna Fáil show that there were a total of 176 young children aged between 0-4 years waiting for an appointment at the end of January 2018 in CHO2 which is the highest number waiting in this age category in the country.Nationally there are 6,181 children waiting for a primary care psychology appointment at the end of January 2018 with some 1,635 waiting over a year to be seen.
Deputy Murphy pointed out that a breakdown of the figures reveals that there are almost 800 children waiting for an appointment in counties Galway, Roscommon and Mayo.
“A total of 176 children aged between 0-4 years are waiting for an appointment in CHO2 area with a total of 607 children between the age of 5-17 years waiting for an appointment in counties Galway, Roscommon and Mayo at the end of January 2018.
“Of the total of 607 children some 27% or 166 of them have been left languishing on a waiting list for over a year which just shows the ongoing crisis in the provision of mental health services for children. Time is of the essence when dealing with vulnerable children and teenagers. The state and the HSE have a duty to do better by these children.
“Once again these figures are systematic of a mental health service in crisis in counties like Roscommon where only recently the HSE admitted they were considering the closure of more adult mental health hostels and we are still dealing with the fall out of the external review into mental health services but if the Government can’t even get things right from the beginning with mental health services for children then they are fighting a losing battle.
“Renewed efforts must be made to address these waiting lists in mental health services for children,” concluded Deputy Murphy.
Colm McLoughlin, Vice Chair & CEO of Dubai Duty Free Discusses his journey from Ballinasloe to Dubai.
The Parade will assemble at the Fairgreen car park, at 1.00p.m on Saturday 17th March and will begin at 1.30p.m. sharp. The Parade will travel down Society Street, Main street, Slí na Habhainn, Dunlo Street and finishing in St. Michaels Square.
There will be lots of on street entertainment for spectators to enjoy on the day, including performances from local musicians and dancers, and a welcome return of the Ballinasloe Town Band.
Participants may choose from five categories including education, culture, sporting, voluntary and commercial. There will be valuable cash prizes to be won in each category with an overall award of the Tony Colohan Perpetual Commemoration Trophy.
The organisers are appealing to the local business community to assist with sponsoring the cost of the parade.
The Parade Team are encouraging the local schools, sports clubs voluntary organisations and businesses to take part in the parade.
P.R.O Carmel Greally stated "This year's Parade gives us all the opportunity to showcase all of the positive aspects that our town and surrounding areas have to offer. So come along to the Ballinasloe Parade and help to make it a special day of celebration and a fun day for all of the family."
For inquiries please contact:
Carmel: 087 620 7477
There will be 2 business advisory clinics held in County Galway as part of Local Enterprise Week. These are free events but you must book in advance to secure your place. Both will be held on March 8 from 9am to 5pm. The Ballinasloe event will be held at the Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre and the Clifden event will take place in the Clifden Station House Hotel.
This clinic is open to all people who want to avail of it, and bookings can still be made here at https://galwayleo.clearbookings.com/?currentview=list
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Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on OPW and Flood Relief Eugene Murphy has called on the government to ensure that all necessary resources are allocated to deal with the impending flooding, which is expected as the snow continues to thaw.
“All indications are that as the snow begins to melt, flood waters will rise rapidly. Given the volume of snow which fell in certain areas – particularly in Kildare, Wexford and Wicklow, the threat is severe, with flooding also expected in Cork, Kilkenny, Waterford and parts of Dublin. Local authorities have been doing their best to keep on top of the situations, but certain counties may need additional resources to cope with the anticipated flood waters”, explained Deputy Murphy.
“I want to extend my gratitude to members of the emergency service, the Civil Defence, the Defence Forces and local volunteers, who have worked tirelessly with the authorities over the past few days to assist communities in the worst affected areas. Community spirit is alive and well and these people are an example of everything that is good about this country.
“Now that the thaw is setting in, the threat of flooding is now very real and the government must address the massive underspend that has been allowed to accumulate over the past seven years, as well as setting up a national insurance scheme and accelerate the roll out of flood warning systems.
“The government has still not fully implemented specific pledges it made in January 2016, in the aftermath of Storms Desmond and Frank. We’re still waiting on pilot home protection projects to be rolled out, as well as a national flood forecasting and warning service to be established. The National Flood warning system is not due to be operational for another five years, but if recent weather events are an indication of things to come, then we need this system up and running as soon as is feasibly possible.
“This week will be another difficult one for our local authorities and emergency services and I am appealing to Minister Kevin Boxer Moran and Minister Eoghan Murphy to ensure all the necessary resources are made available to cope with the flooding that is expected over the coming days”.
Local Irish music stars John Feeley and Eleanor Stanley will make duo together along with special guests Ultan Conlan & Emma O'Reilly,. to fund raise for the 'BALLINASLOE SAYS NO' campaign which has been running for almost two months now.
The event which takes place on the 8th of March 2018 in the Shearwater Hotel will see all proceeds go towards the campaign which needs as much help and support as necessary to keep it running.
Tickets are available for purchase in the Shearwater Hotel and J&S Photos in town, or online at http://www.ballinasloetownhall.com/booking.shtml. For more information please check out the event page which can be found on the Ballinasloe Says NO Facebook page.
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