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Apple Chief says tech giant may consider locating another data centre in Ireland after abandoning Athenry plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Apple boss Tim Cook says the tech giant may consider locating another data centre in Ireland.
It’s after its efforts to locate a data centre in Athenry failed due to legal appeals, with a Supreme Court case still pending.
There was widespread disappointment in Athenry and across the west last month after the announcement that Apple was abandoning its plans for an 850 million euro data centre.
During a visit to Apple’s base in Cork this week, Apple boss Tim Cook restated the company’s commitment to its Irish operations.
According to the Irish Times, the tech giant head said he would welcome changes proposed by the Government to planning rules that would reduce time limits for some planning applications and tighten the rules for who is eligible to take judicial review proceedings.
The Apple boss said that when its requirements dictated that Apple needed to expand its data centre capacity, it would consider Ireland again.
Mr Cook said the company respected the Irish planning process, adding it just needed to work more quickly to provide certainty for businesses trying to make decisions that impacted their future.
He dismissed any suggestion that changes to Ireland’s corporation tax regime would impact on Apple’s commitment to operations here.
Apple employs 6,000 people in Ireland, with the majority based at its operations in Cork.

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7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway

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The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,050 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday 27th November, the HPSC has been notified of 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 137 are men / 104 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 91 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 16 in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.

As of 2pm today 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 27 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 27NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (14NOV2020 to 27NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days(14NOV2020 to 27NOV2020)
Ireland24393.74,464
Donegal26215.5343
Louth<5191.6247
Limerick15170.9333
Kilkenny10126.0125
Roscommon6120.878
Waterford16114.5133
Dublin91106.11,430
Meath<595.9187
Longford085.635
Tipperary<580.9129
Monaghan<579.849
Mayo579.7104
Cork1875.7411
Wicklow573.7105
Offaly<573.157
Cavan068.352
Carlow<566.738
Clare<566.579
Kildare662.9140
Sligo<558.038
Westmeath<556.350
Laois<555.547
Kerry653.579
Galway1446.1119
Leitrim031.210
Wexford<530.746
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WIP Concern over how major backlog of BreastCheck appointments at UHG will be addressed

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Concern is being expressed over how the HSE will deal with a major backlog for BreastCheck appointments at UHG.

It follows the revelation that there’s been an 80 percent drop in screenings due to Covid-19.

The figures were provided at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West following a query from Councillor Donagh Killilea.

They showed that figures dropped from 10,700 screen last year at UHG – to just 2,200 so far this year up to the end of October.

There’s now a major backlog, with the HSE admitting that 150,000 screening invitations were paused between March and October.

While BreastCheck services have now resumed, they are running at limited capacity – though the HSE says it is working to maximise capacity and recruit more staff

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Report highlights vulnerability of Ferox trout in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask

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New research has revealed the vulnerability of a rare species of trout found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

Ferox trout are large, long-lived fish eating trout that are believed to be genetically distinct from normal brown trout.

They are normally found in deep lakes, and the great majority of Irish specimen Ferox trout have been found in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask.

A new scientific paper has been published which studied the Ferox trout in these lakes and sought to discover their spawning location.

Researchers found that over 90 percent of Ferox trout tagged in Lough Corrib spawned in a single spawn streaming, the Cong River.

While over 70 percent of those tagged in Lough Mask spawned in the Cong Canal and Cong River.

Dr. Paddy Gargan with Inland Fisheries Ireland says the findings show the vulnerability of the species – but he believes they do now have increased protection.

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