Local Papers Commentary
The Western People- 19th. March 2002
By Castlebar Observer
Mar 21, 2002, 12:42
€48 million Phase 2 of Mayo General Hospital opened
Dr Tom Moffatt, Junior Minister for Health, officially opened the phase 2 development of Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar at the week-end. Completed at a cost of € EUR48 million, Mayo General Hospital now employs over 800 people and has an annual budget of €50m. Included in the Phase 2 project is a new accident and emergency dept, a medical assessment unit, a geriatric assessment unit, obstetrics and delivery suite, CT scanning facility, improved mortuary and post-mortem room, new Information Technology System and a new Administration and Medical Records Dept. There will also be additional beds bringing the total to more than 300.
Clare Island to get new €10 million Pier
This long awaited project was announced by the Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and Islands, Mary Coughlan when she visited the island last week. The new pier will at the very least provide adequate access so that people can safely arrive and depart the island, so that unnecessary hazards are elinated for fishermen and ferry operators. The new pier project will also bring about improvements at Roonagh and Inisturk with a commitment of about €3.5 million for Inisturk.
Mayo Hotel Industry forecasts a sunny outlook for tourism.
Over 400 hotel and guesthouse owners attended the 64th Annual Conference and AGM of the Irish Hotels Federation which took place in the Castlecourt Hotel, Westport, last week. The title of the conference was Excellence in Changing Times. It was the first opportunity for hoteliers to come together since the Foot and Mouth crisis and the events of Sept 11th, which have greatly affected tourism in Ireland. Some of the issues discussed were waste management, air access to knock airport, human resources and the price of insurance.
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