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€867 thousand paid to county hotels and B&Bs in 2018 for emergency accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – €867 thousand was paid to hotels, hostels and B&Bs in county Galway, in 2018, for emergency accommodation.

That’s up from the figure of 309 thousand euro which was paid to accommodation providers in the county in 2016.

According to the report, one Galway guesthouse invoiced nearly 20 thousand euro in 2017 for emergency accommodation services – a figure which increased to 130 thousand euro by 2018.

Figures released to Irish Independent show some guesthouses nationwide are making up to 740 thousand euro a year.

19 hotels in Dublin received over €1 million in 2019 for accommodating homeless people – with one hotel in the capital earning between four and five million euro over the period.

Meanwhile, the figures have revealed that 276 million euro was paid to hotel, B&Bs and hostels nationwide over a four year period.

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28 new cases of Covid-19 for Galway among 429 cases nationally today, with one death recorded

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 person with COVID-19 has died.

There has now been a total of 1,804 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday, 29 September, the HPSC has been notified of 429 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 36,155* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 203 are men / 226 are women
  • 65% are under 45 years of age
  • 45% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 77 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 189 cases are in Dublin, 60 in Cork, 31 in Donegal, 28 in Galway, 18 in Kildare, 15 in Wicklow, 15 in Clare, 12 in Limerick, 9 in Meath, 8 in Louth, 7 in Cavan, 7 in Longford, 6 in Laois, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Westmeath, with the remaining 14 cases in 8 counties.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

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

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This evening there are 130 people with COVID-19 in hospital – 15 in the last 24 hours. Recently we asked everyone to half their social contacts. Reducing the number of people that we meet  – and engaging safely with a small core group – remains the cornerstone of our collective effort to reduce the spread of this virus and its impact on our health and the health of the people that we care about.”

Dr Colm Henry, Chief Clinical Officer, HSE, said: “Community transmission represents the greatest threat to patients and staff in hospitals and residential care facilities. When you are making plans to meet friends and socialise this week, take a minute to consider our healthcare workers, who have been at the frontline since the beginning of the pandemic, in hospitals, in nursing homes and in our homes, caring for those who are ill and those who are the most vulnerable to this highly infectious virus.

Every time you wear a facemask, wash your hands, cover your coughs and keep your distance, your actions are not only preventing the transmission of the virus, but you are also protecting older and vulnerable people and healthcare workers.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “The R number is now between 1.2 and 1.4. While we are cautiously optimistic about Dublin, we have seen relatively high case numbers in the last few days, and it will be a number of days yet before the pattern is clear. Case numbers are clearly rising across the country. We need to remain vigilant, to ensure we do not lose the ground that we have gained across the capital city since we moved to Level 3, and to ensure we do not see further deterioration outside the capital.”

Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE West, “I am asking people of all ages to play their part to suppress this virus. It is important for everyone to stay connected, but you need to do this in a safe way, at a distance, and virtually as much as you can. If you have symptoms, stay at home, call your doctor to arrange for a test and let the people that you live with know about it as soon as possible. If you find out that you are close contact, please come forward for testing. Remember that COVID-19 is a highly infectious disease that can have a devastating impact on your health at any age.”

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 14 confirmed cases. The figure of 36,155 confirmed cases reflects this.

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Galway senator calls on Government to intervene in Ballinasloe and Tuam swimming pools funding crisis

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A Galway Senator has called on the Minister for Local Government and his department to intervene in the ongoing funding crisis for Ballinasloe and Tuam Swimming Pools.

Swimming pools and leisure facilities in the two towns may have to close due to COVID pressures and a drop in footfall.

Both sports and leisure facilities are owned by Galway Co Council who will meet tomorrow morning to discuss the future of the facilities.

Galway Senator Aisling Dolan says the pools are not just leisure facilities, but vital public infrastructure used by a range of schools, groups and health organisations.

Speaking in Seanad today, she called on the Minister for Housing and Local Government, Darragh O’Brien to intervene and help secure funding for the two facilities:

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Assistant Garda Commissioner says they are taking steps to ensure gatherings like the Spanish Arch don’t take place again

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Gardaí say they are taking steps to ensure gatherings like the Spanish Arch in Galway city and at the Oliver Bond flats in Dublin don’t take place again.

The situation in Galway led to calls from Senator Ollie Crowe for the Army to be deployed to help Gardaí enforce Covid-19 guidelines.

Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey says they have been engaging with local groups in areas where crowds have been congregating.

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