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350 news jobs announced for Loughrea company




Galway Bay fm newsroom – 350 new jobs are to be created at Loughrea company Chanelle over the next 5 years.
The Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Simon Coveney will open a new 10 million euro manufacturing facility at Chanelle at 10 this morning.
Next year, work will begin on a another new building, which will result in the additional jobs as part of an 86 million euro investment.
Tune in to Galway Bay fm news for more details….

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40 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 687 nationwide with 1 additional death




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19.

This death occurred in January.

There has been a total of 4,319* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Sunday 28th February, the HPSC has been notified of 687 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 220,273** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 352 are men / 334 are female
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 30 years old
  • 240 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 44 in Offaly, 40 in Galway, 36 in Louth and the remaining 278 cases are spread across 19 other counties***.

As of 8am today, 540 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 120 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 26th, 426,070 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 285,780 people have received their first dose
  • 140,290 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said; “While the number of daily cases and the number of people in hospital and critical care remain high, we continue to make progress. In the last 24 hours, we have had no new admissions to critical care, the first time this has happened since St. Stephen’s Day. This is one more tangible signal of the efforts that people continue to make and how those efforts are impacting positively on the trajectory of COVID-19 in Ireland. Please stick with this over the coming weeks.”

Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI said; “Data from the Public Opinion Tracking Survey Research (Amárach/Department of Health) and from the new Social Activity Measure (ESRI/Department of the Taoiseach), give insight into how people are coping with the prolonged period of restrictions. The evidence shows that while people are finding it tough going, the large majority (79%) believe that preventing the spread of Covid-19 is more important than the burden of restrictions. Just 10% disagree.

“This pattern helps to explain how measures of compliance have been rising in recent weeks and months, despite the frustrations that people feel,” said Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit at the ESRI, who analysed the data. “Just because we feel a particular way, does not mean that this feeling dictates our behaviour. Rather, the large majority of people in Ireland support the restrictions and are sticking to them, despite the frustrations.

“The data also show systematic misperceptions about socially activity. Presently, half the adult population does not meet up with anyone outside their household over a 48-hour period, with less than one quarter meeting up with three or more. Yet these more socially active people believe that they are meeting fewer people than average.

“There is a clear misperception. Most people believe that others are enjoying more of a social life than they are. Those who are in fact most socially active do not realise this. The finding is important, and we need to try to correct this misperception. When people appreciate effort being made by others, they typically become more likely to follow.”


*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,319 deaths reflects this.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 220,273 confirmed cases reflects this.

***County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 28 February 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases*** (to midnight 28Feb2021)5-Day Moving Average of New Cases14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 28Feb2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 28Feb2021)

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

  • 7-day incidence 95.9
  • 5-day moving average 684
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Hospital group recruiting staff across Galway to join COVID-19 vaccination team




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Saolta Hospital Group is recruiting staff across Galway to support the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccination programme.

The group is seeking clinical staff for a minimum of 19.5 and maximum 39 hours per week, who are eligible to administer vaccines for an initial three month contract, which may be extended.

The group is also recruiting health care assistants and administrative staff to support the vaccination centres including the centre at Galway Racecourse.

The vaccination programme will run seven days a week over a 12 hour day…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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CSO monitor finds almost 60% of Galway population stayed local in 3rd week of February




Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 59% of the population in Galway stayed local during the third week in February.

According to the CSO’s Staying Local Indicator, 58.8% of people in the county stayed within 10 kilometres of their home on the week ending February 19th.

This compares to 60.9% of people on the week previous.

Every county had an increase in the number of people not staying within 10 kilometres of their homes over that week with over a third of the population breaking the limit.

The Central Statistics Office says 64.8 per cent of the population stayed within 10 kilometres of their homes in the week that ended on February 19th.

That’s down almost 2 per cent on the previous week.

Every county recorded a decrease – ranging from 3 per cent in Mayo to 1.1 per cent in Donegal and Wicklow.

Dublin continues to be the county with the highest percentage of people staying local, at 78 per cent.

The lowest was Roscommon, at just 50 per cent – meaning one in two people went more than 10 kilometres from their homes.

Mayo was only marginally better, at 50.2 per cent.

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