Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seven Galway beaches have retained their blue flag status, awarded for bathing water quality, safety, and facilities
An Taisce has awarded 80 blue flags to beaches and marinas around the country
In the city, Salthill and Silverstand beaches have retained their Blue Flag awards.
In the county, five beaches have retained their status- Traught beach, Cill Mhuirbhigh, Loughrea, Tra an Doilin and Tra Mhor, Indreabhan.
In addition, Galway locations have secured 8 Green Coast Awards.
Salthill, Silverstand, Aillebrack, Dumhach, East End Inisbofin, Renvyle, Trá Inis Oirr and Trá na gCaorach, Inis Oirr were among 54 amenities nationwide to secure the status.
Dog’s Bay lost its Green Coast Award due to considerable infrastructural damage at the beach as a result of storm damage.
While Trá gCaorach on Inis Oirr has received a Green Coast Award for the first time.
The Green Coast Award recognises beaches for their clean environment, excellent water quality and natural beauty.
Nationally, five beaches at Bertra and Mulranny in Mayo, Rossbeigh in Kerry and Miltown Malbay and Spanish Point in Clare all lost out, because they were damaged during Spring storms.
Meanwhile, 4 beaches in north Co. Dublin regained their Blue Flags – Portmarnock, Portrane, Donabate and Skerries South Beach.
Similarly, Morriscastle in Wexford and North Ballybunion in Kerry regained their flags, while in Waterford, 2 blue flags were regained for Councellors Strand and Dunmore Strand.
Non-urgent elective surgeries cancelled at UHG as overcrowding continues
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some non-urgent elective surgeries are being cancelled at UHG in a bid to tackle severe overcrowding at the city hospital.
It follows the issuing of a warning from the Saolta Hospital Group that the emergency department is extremely busy and there is ongoing pressure on bed availability.
General Manager at UHG, Chris Kane, says over 500 people presented at the hospital on Monday and Tuesday.
She says the overcrowding situation is very serious, particularly in relation to the ED, the Surgical Unit and the Acute Medical Assessment Unit.
Members of the public are urged to only attend the hospital in the case of emergency, and contact their GP or out-of-hours service if their health problem is not urgent.
Saolta is also reminding the public that the Injury Unit at Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, to treat adults and children over 5.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Chris Kane said the current level of patients presenting is extremely high and “unusual” for this time of year.
She also noted there’s also been a rise in patients being treated for Covid-19, including in the ICU.
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.
Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.
The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.
The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.
A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.
It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.
Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.
Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.
The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.
192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.
10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.
Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.