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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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1,015 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,015* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 178 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 29 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Public health doctors around the country are reporting that outbreaks are being notified to them that originated in symptomatic people attending workplaces, or eating out, or visiting friends. Please remember that you should stay at home if you have symptoms even if you are vaccinated, because you could still transmit COVID-19. Together as a country, we need to keep on top of all the positive behaviours that limit the spread of disease, and integral to this is staying at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Don’t drop your guard, because heading into work or meeting a friend while experiencing fever, cough, cold/flu symptoms, or loss of sense of smell/taste – that could be the beginning link that sets off a chain of transmission that leads to an outbreak in your community.

“The uplifting scenes we saw over the Bank Holiday weekend as thousands of our young people received their COVID-19 vaccines at the HSE’s walk-in vaccination centres were extremely encouraging.

“Young people have had an exceptionally difficult time throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Their willingness to come out to get vaccinated in droves is another example of the resilience they have shown throughout this challenging time. It is this same spirit of solidarity, commitment to keeping our whole community safe by getting vaccinated, and keeping to the basic safe measures such as staying at home if you feel unwell that will ultimately be our pathway out of this pandemic.” 

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New site secured for full-time residential care centre for minors in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new site has been secured for a respite centre in east Galway, according to the Minister of State for Disability and Galway and East TD Anne Rabbitte.

The four bed unit will provide full-time residential care for young people, under 18 years old, who were previously being cared for in temporary respite accommodation.

Although the centre is due to open by September and will provide 225 bed nights by the end of the year the location has not yet been announced.

The Department of Health has also confirmed that an additional 1,236 respite nights will be provided across the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo area – as well as enhanced supports for people with complex needs, increased in-home supports and extra respite and family support for children in urgent need.

Minister Rabbitte says it’s vital to get the most out of every service for patients and their families.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Over 700 applicants on apprenticeship waiting lists in Roscommon/Galway area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 700 applicants are on the apprenticeship system waiting list in the Roscommon/Galway area.

Sinn Féin Roscommon/Galway TD Claire Kerrane has accused the Government of hiding the full extent of the crisis in the system.

She says 67%, over 13,000 apprentices nationwide, are now on a waiting list to access off-site training.

This includes 735 on waiting lists from the Roscommon and Galway ETB area – with the majority of these specialising in electrical work and plumbing.

Deputy Kerrane says she has been contacted by numerous apprentices who are in despair over the situation.

She argues it’s having a serious impact on their education and finances.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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