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Bigger crowd bets just under 2 million euro at Ballybrit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The sunshine brought large crowds and increased betting to Ballybrit last evening for day two of the summer festival
Today is Galway Plate Day, one of the best known days in the Irish racing calendar.
The Tuesday evening crowd of just over 19 thousand was up 900 on last year while the betting of just under two million euro was 56 thousand euro up on last year.
However it was the tote betting that made the gain as betting with the bookies was down.
The tote turnover was just under 724 thousand euro, up 80 thousand on last year while the bookies’ turnover of 1.23 million was 22 thousand euro down.
Trainer Dermot Weld marked his birthday in style in Galway with two winners – Hidden Universe and Antique Platinum.
Later this morning, he will be feted again when he and sparring partner Jim Bolger will be conferred with Honorary Doctorates by NUI Galway.
President Dr Jim Browne says Bolger and Weld are global figures in the world of horse-racing who have distinguished themselves as breeders, trainers and leaders of the sport.
He added NUI Galway is delighted to recognise their achievements by awarding them the highest honour which the University can confer, at a special ceremony during the Galway Racing festival.
Among the familiar faces enjoying the festival were RTE’s Sean O’Rourke and rugby anchor Tom McGurk.
Racing today begins at 3pm and a reminder that Galway Bay fm will bring you live coverage and analysis of every race for each day of the festival.

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Galway has second lowest ‘Fair Deal’ support rate nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new survey has revealed that Galway has the second lowest nursing home “Fair Deal” support rate nationwide.

The Nursing Homes Support Scheme provides financial support to people who need long-term nursing home care.

Under the scheme, applicants make a contribution towards the cost of their care in private, public or voluntary nursing homes, while the HSE pays the balance.

However, the latest BDO Ireland and Nursing Homes Ireland Survey reveals Galway currently has the second lowest support rate in the country at €931 per bed per week.

Noting that’s €230 lower than Dublin, where the highest price is paid – BDO Ireland says Galway is not getting a “fair deal” at all.

It argues the assessment system is fundamentally flawed, and needs to shift from a county by county assessment to one that is based on actual care needs.

BDO Ireland points out that for a 65 bed nursing home, which is the average size of home in Ireland today, the difference would be almost €950 thousand a year in patient support.

It also notes that current conditions are leading to a huge rise in market share for large operators compared to owner-operators and voluntary organisations.

This, it warns, could heavily impact on choices for older people in the future, particularly in non-urban settings.

The report concludes that in many areas across Ireland, it’s not economically viable to develop new nursing homes on the Fair Deal rates granted to new facilities.

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242 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a further 242 Covid-19 cases.

67 people are in hospital with the disease – a drop of 2 compared to this day last week.

23 are in ICU – down 3 over the same period.

There are no local figures available due to issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.

He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:

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