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4 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally. 334 new cases, less than 5 in Galway

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 4 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,022 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday 20th November, the HPSC has been notified of 344 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 70,143* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 156 are men / 185 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 127 in Dublin, 46 in Cork, 26 in Louth, 22 in Donegal, 20 in Limerick and the remaining 103 cases are spread across 20 other counties. 

As of 2pm today 269 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. 12 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 70,143 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 20 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 20NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (07Nov2020 to 20NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(07Nov2020 to 20NOV2020)
Ireland344113.35,394
Donegal22255.0406
Limerick20218.1425
Louth26201.7260
Roscommon<5158.0102
Waterford12156.7182
Offaly<5141.1110
Meath15131.3256
Westmeath<5123.9110
Dublin127123.11,659
Monaghan8109.267
Longford<5102.842
Kilkenny9100.8100
Cavan598.575
Tipperary<596.5154
Clare790.1107
Carlow<589.651
Leitrim087.428
Kildare986.7193
Sligo<582.454
Laois580.368
Mayo578.9103
Cork4677.2419
Kerry671.8106
Wicklow568.898
Galway<562.0160
Wexford239.459
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City Councillor calls for Post Office network to be given PSO contract

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A City Councillor is calling for the Post Office network to be given a Public Service Obligation contract to ensure the entire network can remain viable.

PSO’s provide subsidies to ensure services that are in the interest of the public can remain in operation, even if they are not profitable.

Councillor Niall McNeilis says many industries in Ireland already receive PSO contracts – such as agriculture, aviation, rail, bus, housing and energy.

He argues the Post Office network provides essential services in communities across the country and helped support local economies during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Councillor McNeilis is seeking the support of his colleagues to send a motion to Minister Eamon Ryan to operate the network with a PSO.

Labour Councillor McNeilis says the Post Office network could play a vital role in communities post Covid-19.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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Galway Simon secures approval for independent living units in Newcastle

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Simon Community has secured approval for its plans to develop independent living units for older people in the west of the city.

The proposal sets out to demolish an existing fire damaged two storey dwelling and build 10 one-bedroom apartments in a three-storey building, with associated on site car parking.

The development is set to be located in the Upper Newcastle area.

City planners have given their backing to the plan subject to 24 conditions.

One states the apartments are only to be used by clients of Galway Simon Community and are not to be sold independently of one another, or as a block, to any third party.

It’s also stated that communal open spaces and access ways are to be maintained by a management company.

This company is also required to repaint the proposed block every four years.

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County’s 2021 draft budget of €136m to be debated by councillors today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county’s draft budget for 2021 is set to be debated by councillors later today when they meet in Corrandulla Hall.

The budget of over €136 million represents an increase of €8 million on the figure for 2020.

The draft has been prepared with no rates increase due to members’ views not to increase the charge and also given the impact of the pandemic on business.

The roads grant funding in 2021 is expected to be over €4 million greater than that budgeted for in 2020.

Over 40 percent of revenue Income will come from State grants at over €55 million, while Local Property Tax and Pension Related Deduction is estimated to bring in over €14 million.

With reference to the recent allocation of €1 million funding for municipal districts, the report states the distribution of the funding will be considered in the first instance by the corporate policy group before being considered by MDs.

Interim Chief Executive Kevin Kelly concludes by stating that 2021 will undoubtedly bring challenges and change for Galway county council but he is confident key services can be provided to meet the critical needs of the people of Galway.

The budget draft will be debated in full at the statutory meeting in Corrandulla Hall at 11am.

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