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1,185 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There have been 24 deaths related to Covid-19 reported in the past week.

The figure is down from 43 from the previous seven days.

Meanwhile, a further 1,185 new cases of the virus have also been confirmed.

292 people are in hospital as of this morning, a decrease of 43 compared to this day last week, while 65 are in ICU.

The five-day moving average is now 1,212, down from 1,633 at the end of August.

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Minister Ryan appoints Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh chairperson of Shannon Group

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh has been appointed Chairperson designate of the Shannon Group.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan announced the move today, saying Mr O’Ceidigh will bring extensive experience and sectoral knowledge to the role.

He has held senior management positions including Executive Officer and Chairman of Aer Arann for some 26 years, and served as a Senator

Commenting on his appointment, Mr O’Ceidigh said Shannon Airport is a vital economic engine for the Shannon Region and wider west of Ireland economy.

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Funding approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that funding will be provided for the additional accommodation

It includes two new mainstream classrooms and a special education teacher room to cater for the current demand within the recently built school.

Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney says it’s important that an area like Lackagh has the capacity to deliver education in modern facilities – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Slight fall in numbers claiming PUP in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just over 106,000 people will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week.

That’s a drop of over 4,500 on last week.

The greatest reduction was in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.

In Galway, the drop in number is very small this week – it’s gone down 260

This means 5,440 people are still on the PUP in Galway

Commenting on the national figures Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys say today’s figures show the number claiming payments has now fallen for 33 consecutive weeks.

Since February, the number of young people, under the age of 25, who were claiming the PUP is down by over 90 per cent.

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