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Body recovered from river in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A body has been recovered this evening from the River Corrib near Galway Cathedral.
The body taken from the water has not yet been positively identified and it has been taken to University Hospital, Galway for a post mortem.
Gardai, fire fighters and other emergency services are understood to have removed the body from the water shortly after 4 pm.
Earlier in the day searches were onegoing around the city for 19-year-old Sean Igoe from Lehanagh, Castleblakeney, a first year student at NUIG, who has been missing in the city since early yesterday (Friday) morning.
The fire service personel who had been stood down from that search earlier in the day were recalled to the area near Galway Cathedral this evening.
The Air-Sea rescue helicopter from Shannon joined in the search for a time earlier today.

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  • Contact tracing is being stopped in primary schools and childcare facilities from Monday. It means testing of asymptomtic close contacts will be discontinued. The changes do not include special education facilities.
  • Following the post mortem examination Gardai are treating the discovery of a body near the coast in Kinvara as a tragedy. Efforts are underway to identify the woman.
  • Sinn Fein MLAs are welcoming Joe Biden’s latest warning to Boris Johnson about risking peace in Northern Ireland, by tampering with the protocol.
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Galway City Councillor calls on Government to prioritise Mental Health in upcoming Budget

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A Galway city councillor is urging the Government to prioritise mental health services in the upcoming budget on the day that national organisation Mental Health Reform says Ireland’s mental health funding is almost half of what it should be.

It was envisaged that 10 per cent of Ireland’s health budget would be set aside for mental heath, but last year, just 5.1 per was actually allocated.

Labour’s Niall McNeilis says with one in four in our society set to experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, it’s time to ensure that the nationally mental health policy is fully resourced.

The city councillor highlights that an increase in the number seeking treatment for eating disorders has led to longer waiting lists and anxiety for those seeking supports.

Councillor McNeilis says in his role as chairperson of local charity Let’s Get Talking he’s very aware that local mental health services must be funded to alleviate growing waiting lists – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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€400,000 allocated to arts organisations across Galway city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Arts organisations across Galway city are to benefit from grants totalling €400,000.

Over sixty artist-led organisations will share in the funding granted by Galway City Council.

Galway City Council says while its finances have been seriously affected by the pandemic, in recognition of the importance of contemporary arts to the city the local authority has made available the full arts budget as agreed before the COVID-19 crisis.

Galway International Arts Festival will receive the biggest allocation of €46,000 followed by Galway Arts Centre which will benefit from €35,000 in funding.

Druid Performing Arts Company has also been successful with €28,000 granted while €26,00 is on the way for Galway Music Residency.

Macnas, Galway Film Fleadh and Baboró International Arts Festival For Children have all been granted €19,000 to fund projects in the coming year.

Other recipents include Galway Theatre Festival, Galway Community Circus and Moonfish Theatre.

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