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Call for immediate review into Galway’s Direct Provision Centres

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Anti-Racism Network is calling for an immediate review into the two Direct Provision centres operating in Galway City.
The organisation claims there are long-standing issues over conditions at the Eglinton Centre in Salthill and the Great Western Centre at Eyre Square.
It’s calling for the Government to employ an independent agency to investigate the operation of both centres and allegations of human rights violations.
Campaigners have long claimed that living conditions – including accomodation, food and access to amenities – are extremely lacking at centres nationwide.
GARN Spokesperson Joe Loughnane says the residents feel that their concerns are largely being ignored.
Mr Loughnane claims one man who was evicted from a centre in Galway following complaints was forced to seek assistance from a homeless charity.
He says greater transparency on the operation of all Direct Provision centres is needed.

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6 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, and 183 new cases, 7 in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 2,080 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Wednesday 2nd December, the HPSC has been notified of 183 confirmed cases of COVID-19. However the department is saying this may be an underestimation.

There is now a total of 73,228* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 82 are men / 101 are women
  • 60% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 36 years old
  • 56 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 13 in Limerick, 11 in Kilkenny, 11 in Monaghan and the remaining 66 cases are spread across 15 other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 239 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 32 are in ICU. 10 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.

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 21 confirmed cases. The figure of 73,228 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 02 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 02Dec2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (19NOV to 02Dec2020)New Cases during last 14 days (19NOV to 02Dec2020)
Ireland18379.73,794
Donegal26212.3338
Louth6162.2209
Kilkenny11147.1146
Limerick13132.9259
Monaghan11109.167
Wicklow5108.1154
Carlow998.456
Longford<595.439
Dublin5690.81,223
Mayo090.4118
Tipperary678.3125
Waterford674.086
Meath961.5120
Roscommon<555.836
Cork<552.3284
Sligo<551.934
Laois050.843
Cavan<549.938
Kildare<548.5108
Galway745.7118
Clare042.951
Kerry037.255
Offaly037.229
Westmeath<523.721
Wexford022.734
Leitrim<59.43

Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 36.9.

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Galway Community College to launch project on locally endangered species

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Community College in the city will tomorrow host an official online launch of their three-year Erasmus+ project on locally endangered species and biodiversity loss.

The project is a research collaboration between three schools, GCC and a school in Croatia and Spain, working with national wildlife non-Governmental organisations.

Others involved in the launch include the Irish Wildlife Trust, and MEP Maria Walsh and EU Commissioner Mairead Mc Guinness.

Galway Community College in Moneengeisha introduced Erasmus+ in 2016.

Students involved in the project are due to visit each other’s countries to share their findings annually, but this element has been delayed due to Covid-19.

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President of NUI Galway calls for more resources for students in need

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President of NUI Galway has called for more resources for students in need

Representatives are before TDs and Senators at the Oireachtas Higher Education Committee today on the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The seven major universities made a deficit of 102 million euro between the beginning of the last academic year to this year.

President of NUIG Galway Ciaran O’hOgartaigh says there needs to be equal opportunities for people as the economy fights back.

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