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Advanced funding for Galway Gaeltacht and island communities in bid to meet COVID 19 challenges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Advanced funding has been announced for Galway’s Gaeltacht and island community organisations to help with the challenges arising from coronavirus.

Community development organisations and co-operatives have been allocated funding in advance to cover the period to the end of May to ensure the continuation of work.

In addition, all island transport contractors, including passenger and cargo service operators, have been paid to the end of May to ensure continuity of service for islanders, as well as the provision of supplies to the communities.

A list of Gaeltacht colleges that could potentially be used by the HSE as facilities to tackle Covid-19 has also been provided to the Department.

The funding has been announced by outgoing Minister for the Gaeltacht and Islands and Senator Sean Kyne.

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Sinn Féin to host Galway Easter commemorations online

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Sinn Féin is to hold its Galway Easter commemorations online due to coronavirus restrictions.

The party is to lead an alternative commemoration this Easter Sunday instead of its annual wreath laying ceremony which traditionally takes place at the Liam Mellows monument at the north-west of Eyre Square.

The commemoration will be hosted online at 3 o’clock on Sunday, and locals are being asked to get involved by wearing an Easter lily or hanging a tri-colour from their homes.

The live event can be accessed on the Sinn Féin website and across all the party’s social media channels.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell says it’s a chance for people to mark the occasion while adhering to public health guidelines….

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Rolling movement restrictions likely to remain in place

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Rolling movement restrictions could be in place until a vaccine for Covid-19 is developed.

The European Centre for Disease Control says it’s too early for countries to start lifting community and physical distancing measures.

There are now just over 6 thousand confirmed cases of the virus here and 235 people have lost their lives.

Galway remains at the lower end of the scale with 134 cases.

Chief medical officer Tony Holohan says physical distancing measures may be needed over a prolonged period, on a staggered basis.

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Gardaí concerned about speed breaches in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are concerned about speed breaches in County Galway as reduced traffic levels have led to irresponsible driving.

An Garda Síochána has today launched a major operation which will enhance road safety across the country – with a focus on speeding, drink and drug driving and seat belt use.

Galway has been included in the five areas worst affected by speeding this week, which have been revealed as part of the operation.

In one instance on the N6 in Galway, a motorist was reported to be travelling at 95 kilometres per hour in a 50 kilometre zone.

Interim CEO of the Road Safety Authority, John Caufield, is urging motorists to slow down and prevent collisions.

The operation will also work to ensure the public is complying with the travel restrictions introduced as part of the Covid-19 public health guidelines.

Gardaí are reporting increasing numbers of people making non-essential journeys, exercising more than 2km from home and having house parties.

It comes as the Gardaí have been given the power to detain people who refuse to follow the regulations.

Thousands of checkpoints will be in place nationwide from now until midnight on Monday, to ensure people are not making non-essential journeys.

Commissioner Drew Harris says Gardaí will always engage with a member of the public first.

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