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CARI Forensic Accompaniment Service named city volunteer of the year at Mayor’s Awards

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The CARI Volunteer Forensic Accompaniment Service has been named as Galway City Council Volunteers of the Year.
The group received the title at the fifteenth annual Mayor’s Awards for Galway city.
Fintan Sweeney won the Arts, Culture, Heritage & Cúrsaí Gaeilge Award in recognition of his contribution with the Galway International Arts Festival.
Liam Curran was honoured with the Residents’ & Local Areas Award for his dedication in leading and supporting the residents in the Whitehall Close Complex.
The Community Service & Social Inclusion Award went to the Eglinton Hotel Direct Provision Accommodation Centre Resident’s Committee.
The Older Volunteer of the Year Award went to Frank Colohan, for his voluntary commitment to the Order of Malta and the St Anthony’s & Claddagh Credit Union.
The Environmental Sustainability Award went to Friends of Merlin Woods while the Sports Volunteer of the Year Award went to John Daly, in recognition of his work with Salthill Knocknacarra GAA club.
The Children and Youth Support Award went to Cristina Iancu, for her work in the ARD Family Resource Centre.
Finally the Young Volunteer of the Year Award went to Jason Sherlock, in recognition of his voluntary Fundraising activities for a number of Groups within Galway.
Over 80 individuals and groups received certificates from the Mayor in celebration of voluntary activity in community life in the city.
The ceremony was held in the Galmont Hotel last night (Tues) in front of an audience of over 300 people.

Photo: @GalwayCityCo on Twitter

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1,386 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 1386* confirmed cases of COVID-19.  

As of 8am today, 106 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 22 are in ICU. 

(*Daily case numbers may change due to future data validation.) 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This pandemic has provided a prime example of how easily misinformation can spread online, and many people have been exposed to information that is false, inaccurate, or misleading. This is known as misinformation and it started to spread about potential COVID-19 vaccines even before any had been developed. Unfortunately, it has undermined vaccination efforts in many countries, prolonging the pandemic and putting lives at risk. 

“All of us together can help to stop the spread of misinformation. Remember not every post on social media is reliable or accurate – if you are not sure, then don’t share. 

“In Ireland we are fortunate to have very high levels of vaccine confidence with fantastic uptake across all age groups to date. Of course, many people will have questions about their vaccine but it is important that they access accurate and reliable information in order to get these questions answered. Do not rely on unsubstantiated information shared online. Instead go to trusted sources including hse.ie and gov.ie. GPs and healthcare professionals will also be able to answer any questions you may have when you go to your vaccine appointment.” 

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🎧 Call for City Council to reconsider Kirwan Junction “disaster”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland are being urged to re-think the “disaster” that is the new Kirwan Junction.

That’s according to Councillor James Charity, who says the new layout is leading to unprecedented tailbacks.

He says he’s been innundated with calls from motorists who are caught in kilometres long tailbacks approaching the junction to access the N84.

Councillor Charity argues the design of the new junction severely limits access to the N84 and the current delays cannot be entirely explained by light sequencing or teething issues.

He also points out that some local roads in the Killoughter area are now under pressure as they’re being used as “rat runs” to avoid the junction

Councillor Charity believes the junction is not fit for purpose and needs urgent re-assessment:

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Plans to be lodged for new fire station in Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a new fire station in Athenry are expected to be lodged today. (23/7)

That’s according to Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn, who says the long-awaited facility will replace the current sub-standard base at Clarke Street.

The new three bay facility will be constructed on a site at Ballygurrane South on the edge of the town.

Councillor Herterich Quinn says a Part 8 planning application set to be lodged this afternoon is the culmination of years of hard work.

And she says the local fire crew are a huge asset to the local community…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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