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Call for maintenance programme for county rivers and canals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A ‘real’ maintenance programme is needed for rivers and canals across the county to help prevent future flooding.

That’s according to Ballinasloe area councillor Dermot Connolly who claims there are trees, dirt and silt blocking a section of the River Suck.

Flood defence works are already underway across Ballinasloe including the provision of flood eyes at the East Bridge, replacing the bridge at Caltragh and replacing a stone culvert in Glenaslat.

However, Cllr. Dermot Connolly says maintenance of the rivers needs to be a priority.

Meanwhile the Department of the Environment is to consider a proposal passed at this months meeting of the local authority to exempt flooded houses from the property tax.

Councillor Connolly says many families are still re-building their lives after homes were destroyed in the floods.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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