County Galway made up nearly 1 in 8 air ambulance rescues – Naughten

In East Galway, Health, News by Denis Naughten

2019 will see expansion on air ambulance service


“It has been revealed that nearly one out of every 8 air ambulance call outs last year where to emergencies in County Galway” says local TD, Denis



In 2018 the air ambulance responded to 49 emergencies in Mayo, followed by Galway on 36 and Roscommon on 30. In total the service was carried out 310   Missions; over half of which were to Counties Mayo, Galway, Roscommon, Clare and Tipperary.


Mr. Naughten, who was one of the driving forces behind the establishment of the air ambulance service, said “when this service started at Custume Barracks, Athlone in 2012 we were told that it would not be sustainable in the long term, but the figures have proved that this is a vital service, particularly for people in the West of Ireland”


“As part of the commitments which I received on the formation of this Government, during 2019 we will see the expansion of this air ambulance service, with a second air ambulance in the southern part of Ireland”.


“The second air ambulance will take pressure off the service based in Athlone and allow it to respond to note emergencies throughout the West of Ireland”.


“There is no doubt that there are local people alive today, because they have had access to this vital air ambulance service and I indent to continue to fight for an expansion of this service to save the lives of many more people in the future” concluded Denis Naughten.