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Anger among county councillors at being “left in the dark” over Galway Airport plans

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s anger and frustration among local county councillors at allegedly being “left in the dark” over plans for the former Galway Airport site in Carnmore.

It follows the backing of a plan by Galway City Councillors to lease a portion of the site to a film industry group.

The former airport is jointly owned by Galway City and County Council – except some county councillors seemingly only learned of the latest proposal when it was reported in local media.

Since it was jointly purchased in 2013, there’s been long-running discussions over what exactly will be done with the site.

At this week’s meeting of Galway City Council, councillors gave the green light to lease part of the site to Spiddal-based film company Danú media.

Because the site is joint-owned with the county council, it’ll also come up for discussion and approval at a meeting of all 39 county councillors later this month.

But members of the Athenry-Oranmore district are particularly incensed at the development – as they had zero prior knowledge of the plans until they were publicly reported.

At a meeting of the district, Councillor Jim Cuddy pointed out that he only learned about the proposal when it was reported on local radio the following morning.

Councillors were in agreement that it was an extremely disrespectful move that they had not first been consulted, given the airport is physically located in their district.

Councillor James Charity argued the Athenry-Oranmore district should have been the first port of call as a courtesy, well before any discussions began on the partial lease.

Councillors were keen to stress that they’re absolutely not against leasing a part of the site for use in the film industry.

Their issue is being left entirely “in the dark” over the proposal – as well as the fact that there appears to be very little in the way of a cohesive masterplan for the longer term future of the site.

It’s expected the issue will be raised at the full meeting of Galway County Council later this month – where Athenry-Oranmore councillors will likely be very vocal in expressing their discontent.

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1,120 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,120* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 142 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 27 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Almost 70% of our population is now fully vaccinated and today the vaccination programme has been extended to 12-15 year olds who will also be able to register for an mRNA vaccine.

“Following advice from the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, which has been approved by Government, I encourage parents and guardians of those aged 12-15 years of age to register them for a vaccination as soon as the opportunity arises.

“The vaccination programme has received high uptake to date. I strongly urge anyone eligible to register for a vaccine to do so as soon as possible.”  

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Warning Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway “extremely busy”

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Statement from Saolta Hospital Group 27th July 2021

The Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway has been extremely busy this week with higher than average numbers of people attending.

There is ongoing pressure on bed availability in the hospital and we regret that many patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the ED to an acute bed in the hospital.

We ask people to contact their GP or the Westdoc Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

We would also like to remind patients that the Injury Unit in Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to treat a range of injuries in both adults and children over five years of age.

We are committed to treating everyone who presents at our ED but we do so strictly in order of medical priority and apologise for the long wait times.

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Galway has fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway now has the fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide.

According to the latest health figures, the infection rate per 100,000 of population in the city and county now stands at 439.

With 1,134 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks, the incidence rate in Galway now stands at 439.

That’s a 40% increase on this time last week, when the infection rate stood at 256 – with 663 cases recorded over that two-week period.

Nationwide, Donegal has the highest incidence rate at 952, followed by Louth at 603, Laois at 454 and then Galway.

Meanwhile there are 16 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today – with 12 at UHG and four at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Two of the patients are being treated in the intensive care unit at UHG.

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