Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is only enough stored rainfall water on the Aran island of Inis Mór to supply the population for a little more than a fortnight.
That’s according to Irish Water, which is urging residents, businesses and visitors to the Aran Islands to conserve water as afternoon restrictions may be introduced in the near future.
Met Eireann is forecasting further drought conditions for the foreseeable future.
Irish Water says the demand for treated water on Inis Mór is extremely high at 580 cubic metres per day.
It says there is only enough volume of stored rainfall left on the island to supply for 17 days and the boreholes which supplement supply are in danger of being exhausted.
Night time restrictions on Inis Mór and Inis Oírr will continue from 8p.m to 8a.m daily with a further afternoon restriction likely to be introduced if the drought continues.
A hosepipe ban remains in place across the country until the end of July and Irish Water says it will take sustained rainfall over weeks or months to replenish raw water levels.
Meanwhile, the Mid Galway Water plant is back in operation after a fault yesterday.
Most areas saw their water supply return last night but small isolated pockets are still awaiting a full return of the water supply.
Irish Water says works are continuing on the network to release airlocks and bring all booster pumps back fully in line.
283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.
60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.
23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.
There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.
€1.3m funding to support live performances across Galway this summer
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost €1.3m funding has been announced to support gigs and festivals in Galway this summer.
It’s as the Government has unveiled a national allocation of €25m under The Live Performance Support Scheme.
The largest allocation of almost €200 thousand will go to the Galway Comedy Festival, to support the staging of live shows.
A further €185 has been awarded to Strange Brew Limited, towards a series a concerts to be held in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork, as well as three large outdoor events.
€182 thousand will go to popular west end venue the Róisín Dubh, for a series of live shows peformed at the venue and outdoor beer garden.
Clonbur-based Gemstone Business Consultants has been granted an allocation of €169 thousand for a number of live music performances over a weekend.
€132 thousand will support traditional live music events at the Black Gate at St. Francis Street – while a further €130 thousand has been awarded for live performances at Munroes Live.
City-based production company Milestone Inventive has been allocated €127 thousand for a number of outdoor performances of ‘Playboy of the Western World’.
€95 thousand has been granted to the well known Trad on the Prom show, while €64 thousand will support a Mike Denver plus guests sit down concert.
And just under €32 thousand will go to the CelloVision project, which blends live and pre-recorded music with unconventional video and imagery on stage.
Local senators make strong contributions to Seanad debate on gender pay gap
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local Senators Aisling Dolan and Pauline O’ Reilly have given spirited speeches in the Seanad during a debate on the gender pay gap.
It’s as the house is debating new laws that would require companies to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation.
The measures would initially apply to businesses of more than 250 employees – and eventually to all companies employing 50 people or more.
Addressing Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman, Senator Aisling Dolan pointed out that the gender pay gap has been addressed in other EU countries:
Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’ Reilly said we shouldn’t be relying on our justice system to vindicate the rights of women in the workplace: