• Just under 2,000 women are waiting to see a gynaecologist at University Hospital Galway at present.

    There are more than 28,000 women nationally waiting for such appointments, with 5,000 waiting for more than a year.

    The Irish Hospital Consultants Association says the consultant recruitment and retention crisis is a major cause of the delays.

    Gynaecologist Dr. Nóirín Russell says women will have delayed cancer diagnoses as a result.

  • Archbishop Michael Neary, the Archbishop of Tuam, has announced the following diocesan appointments and retirements:

    Fr Paddy Gilligan, PP of Cong is to retire

    Fr. Patrick Mullins, PP of Cummer is to retire

    Fr. Enda Howley, CC of Monivea is to retire

    Fr. Martin O’Connor, PP of Kilvine to be a member of the Cathedral Chapter

    Fr. Billy Reilly SP An Cnoc, to be a member of the Cathedral Chapter

    Fr. Ciarán Blake, returning from sabbatical leave to be PP of Cummer

    Fr. Declan Carroll, PP of Parke/Keelogues, returning from sabbatical leave to be PP of Cong

    Fr. Peter Suttle, to continue as Administrator of Parke/Keelogues

    Fr. Karl Burns, PP of Mountbellew to be, in addition, PP of Menlough.  The priests of Athenry will share responsibility for the pastoral and sacramental care in the parish of Menlough

    Fr. Hughie Loftus An Cheathrú Rua on sabbatical leave for one year

    Fr. Clement McManus, to be Administrator of An Cheathrú Rua for one year

    Fr. Angelo Joy, Administrator of Kilconly, has been recalled to his Order

    Fr. Anthaiah Pudota, Knock Shrine, to be Administrator of Kilconly