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1377 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1377* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

It is the highest figure recorded in five months.

The five-day moving average has risen to 983

As of 8am today, 78 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 22 are in ICU, an increase of 6 on this day last week.

In a message released on Social Media today, Deputy CMO Dr Ronan Glynn said Ireland’s 14-day incidence rate is now over 180 cases per 100,000 people.

He said the five-day average is at the highest level it has been at since February.

It comes as Ireland prepares to drop testing and isolation rules for fully vaccinated people arriving in from the US and Britain.

The new rules will come into effect form Monday alongside the EU Digital COVID Cert.

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  • Katherine Zappone will not accept the appointment by the government to be UN Special Envoy. In a statement, she said it is clear that criticism of the appointment process has impacted the legitimacy of the role itself.
  • An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.
  • The Catholic Priest Association is calling for greater clarity surrounding upcoming First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.

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New film studio at Galway Airport to create up to 200 jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new film and TV studio at the former Galway Airport site in Carnmore is expected to create up to 200 jobs when it becomes operational in 2022.

It’s after the proposal was backed by Galway City and Galway County Councillors, as both local authorities jointly own the 115 acre site.

The stamp of approval in principle from both local authorities clears the way for Spiddal based Danú media to move to the planning stage for the new studio.

The goal is to establish Galway as a key location for high-scale movie and TV production, and showcase the talent, scenic locations and world-class production facilities on offer.

It’ll be known as “Atlantic Studios”, a 40 thousand sq ft state-of-the-art production studio that will be progressed in two stages on part of the former airport site.

The first phase will involve the development of the existing hangar building space into a film and TV production studio, along with offices and suites of support facilities.

The later second phase will include additional studio space, with the aim of developing Atlantic Studios as a major international media hub for production companies.

The initial investment is expected to yield €10 to €15 million per year to Galway’s economy, and create between 150 and 200 production jobs.

It’s anticipated that all going well with the planning process, the new studio will become operational by summer 2022.

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Local Senator calls on Katherine Zappone not to accept role of UN Special Envoy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Senator has called on Katherine Zappone not to accept the role of UN Special Envoy.

It comes after she held an event for 50 people, including the Tánaiste, at the Merrion Hotel in Dublin.

The hotel is insisting the event was Covid compliant.

It was held less than a week before Ms Zappone was appointed a Special Envoy by the Government.

Local Fianna Fáil Senator Eugene Murphy says the news has gone down very badly in his party.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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