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2,066 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 2,066* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

There has been a total of 5,306 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 26 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).

As of 8am today, 408 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 69 are in ICU.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “There has been fantastic uptake of COVID-19 vaccination over recent months.
Unfortunately, there are still just under 300,000 adults who have not come forward for vaccination and a further 70,000 people have received just one dose of a two-dose schedule.

“The spread of disease in these 370,000 people is having a disproportionate impact on the profile of COVID-19 in our hospitals and intensive care units, with two out of every three people in intensive care not vaccinated.

“Some people will understandably have concerns about vaccination given the extent of misinformation that is circulating. Here are the facts:

  • All vaccines approved by the EMA and in use in Ireland are remarkably safe and effective against getting severe COVID-19
  • The vaccine for COVID-19 cannot and will not give you COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccines do not create or cause variants of the virus that causes COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way
  • There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines affect fertility – in men or women
  • Pregnant women with symptomatic COVID-19 may be more likely to be admitted to hospital, to need care in an ICU, and to die when compared with non-pregnant women. If you are pregnant, you should get a COVID-19 vaccine to protect yourself and your baby from the virus. You can do this at any stage of your pregnancy. If you have questions you should talk to your obstetrician, midwife or GP about the risks and benefits of getting a COVID-19 vaccine
  • Incidence of COVID-19 in Ireland is high and rising. Those who are not vaccinated are at high risk of contracting this virus and becoming severely unwell. The single most important thing you can do to protect yourself from COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.

“Choosing to get vaccinated is an act of protection for yourself – it may save your life – but it is also an act of solidarity with others; the more of us that get vaccinated, the safer we all are.”

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City public meeting to discuss prospect of united Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city this evening to discuss the increasing prospect of a united Ireland. (28/10)

The event is organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future.

It’s the second meeting in a national series and will take place at the Galmont Hotel at 7pm – and will also be streamed online via social media.

Panelists will include local TD’s Eamon O’ Cuiv and Mairead Farrell, and Deputy President of NUI Galway Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh.

Gerry Carlile, CEO of Ireland’s Future, is encouraging everyone to attend this evenings meeting.

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Savita Halappanavar to be remembered at vigil outside Dáil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Savita Halappanavar will be remembered at a vigil in Dublin this evening.

It’s nine years since the 31 year old died at University Hospital Galway, following complications with an incomplete miscarriage.

The Campaign Against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare group will gather outside the Dail from 5.30 this evening.

Women’s rights campaigner Ailbhe Smyth, says her death led to real debate and action on abortion rights in Ireland.

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Step forward for plans to amalgamate Boys and Girls National Schools in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –There’s been a step forward for plans to amalgamate the Boys and Girls National Schools in Athenry.

Galway East TD Sean Canney says it’s now been confirmed by the Department of Education that the proposal is included in its Capital plans.

The project would involve the construction of a brand new school.

Deputy Canney says there’s been huge investment in secondary education in Athenry in recent years.

He argues it’s vital that the same investment is made in primary education to guarantee the future of education in the town.

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