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Calls to test public bathing waters in city after heavy rainfall periods

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway City Council to test public bathing waters after periods of heavy rainfall.

In a report released in May, the EPA highlighted that water quality had improved across the country but warned that quality can change quickly in the short term, especially during rainfall events which can wash pollution into bathing waters.

City Councillor John Connolly says the EPA recommends that swimmers avoid open waters for 48-hours after heavy rainfall but argues many people may not be aware of this guidance.

It comes as concerns have been raised by some beach goers in Salthill, who claim they recently saw what appeared to be raw effluent at Grattan Beach after a heavy rainfall event on Monday afternoon.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Connolly argues despite the fact that bathing waters in Salthill recorded excellent results in a recent sampling test, the quality could change quickly after a significant downpour.

He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that a more flexible sampling routine could help.

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Bons Secours submits plan to extend operating theatre department at Renmore facility

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans to extend the operating theatre department at the Bon Secours Hospital at the Dublin Road in the city.

Bon Secours Health System CLG has lodged an application for the construction of a single storey extension to the operating theatre department, and an extension of the existing theatre plantroom on the first floor level.

City planners are due to make a decision in September.

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Operation times scaled back at Galway’s walk-in COVID-19 test centres

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in services at the COVID 19 test centres in the city and at Carnmore have been scaled back.

At the former Galway Airport site, members of the public can avail of a walk-in test from 10am until 2pm, Monday to Sunday.

However, it will remain open for scheduled GP referrals until 7.30pm on a daily basis.

Meanwhile, the walk-in testing service at the city base at Forster Street will be available from 10am to 3pm, Monday to Sunday.

It’ll continue to accept scheduled GP referrals until 5pm each day.

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