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All areas across Galway have Covid incidence rate below national average

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – All electoral areas across Galway currently have a Covid-19 incidence rate below the national average.

The highest is Galway City Central, at 120 cases per 100 thousand population – compared to the national average of 122.

Galway City West is 114, Athenry-Oranmore is 94, Galway City East is also 94, Loughrea is 82, Connemara North is 64, Gort-Kinvara is 60, Tuam is 48, and Connemara South is 47.

Ballinasloe has the lowest 14 day incidence rate in the county by far at 18 cases per 100 thousand people.

Nationally, three areas have rates of Covid-19 that are over five times the national average.

Buncrana in Donegal has by far the highest.

On Monday, the country’s 14-day incidence rate was just under 122 cases per 100,000 people.

In the previous two weeks, 14 local electoral areas had less than five cases each.

But several LEAs recorded very high rates.

Buncrana had a rate of 881 cases per 100,000 people – over seven times the national average, with one in every 114 people testing positive.

Dungarvan in Waterford was the second highest in the country, with an incidence rate of 771.

The third highest was Carndonagh in Donegal at 625.

That’s followed by Limerick City North, at 389, and Letterkenny, also in Donegal, at 369.

Three LEAs in Dublin also had rates of over 300.

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Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants

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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.

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Mayor calls on Gardaí to clamp down on illegal activities across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Mayor of Galway is calling on Gardaí to “stop turning a blind eye” to what she describes as a range of illegal activities taking place across the city.

Mayor Collette Connolly cites examples such as public drinking and urination in public areas, as well as blatant illegal parking in Salthill.

She argues that public drinking has also become the norm on Salthill beaches.

The Mayor has also raised concerns regarding incidents at popular waterways in the city and says seven people have been assisted out of the water in recent weeks by the Claddagh Watch Voluntary Committee.

She argues Gardaí need to be more visible and more proactive when people act irresponsibly……

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Galway rowers make history and take Olympic medal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ireland has won a bronze medal in the Women’s Four rowing – Ireland’s first medal of the Olympics games with the team including two Galway sportswomen.

Ireland’s first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was secured in rowing this morning as the Women’s Four of Furbo’s Aifric Keogh, Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh, with Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty won an Olympic bronze.

The Irish quartet were lying fifth at the halfway mark and, as they passed the 1000 metre mark, they pushed passed China, increasing the pressure on GB, before eventually passing them at the closing stages to take home the bronze.

Speaking after the win, Furbo’s Aifric Keogh said their self-belief carried them through.

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