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City businesses defend installation of plant pots at loading bay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Businesses in the city centre are defending the installation of two flower pots in a loading bay.
The plant features were installed at Cross Street this week funded by several local businesses.
However, Councillor Padraig Conneely says the pots are disrupting delivery drivers from doing their work in the area.
Previously, wooden flower pots had been installed in the designated loading bay but were removed earlier this year due to damage.
Business owners on Cross Street say the fumes and noise caused by delivery trucks are impacting negatively on their business and that there is an unwritten agreement with the city council for the plants.
They also claim that the vehicles block their storefronts for much of the day – despite the space ceasing to function as a loading bay after 1pm.
To hear from local businesses, delivery drivers and Councillor Conneely, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 1…

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Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals falls below 20 for second time this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals have fallen below 20 for just the second time this year.

There are 19 patients being treated for the virus in the city and county today – with 12 at UHG and seven at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

That’s the lowest figure since last Thursday, while Coronavirus hospitalisations in Galway are now at the lowest point since the start of the third wave at the end of December.

Of the 19 patients being treated in Galway’s acute hospitals this afternoon six are in ICU – with five at UHG and one at Portiuncula.

Nationwide, 537 people are being treated in public hospitals, while there are 134 patients in ICU.

Infectious diseases consultant Professor Sam McConkey says the country’s collective efforts have cut infections and bought time for the vaccination drive…

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Concerns raised over bus capacity as children return to school across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over bus capacity issues as children return to schools across Galway today.

City Councillor Martina O’Connor has said it’s vital that no child is left behind as the education sector reopens.

She argues earlier school returns throughout the pandemic have seen numerous incidents of buses being too full to collect school going children from bus stops.

Councillor O’Connor accepts there is a need for reduced capacity on public transport but says the Government must provide additional buses to make sure all children are catered for.

She says young people have suffered a lot in the last year and they deserve to travel to school in comfort.

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Bank of Ireland to close three county Galway branches

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bank of Ireland is to close branches in Ballygar, Dunmore and Oughterard.

The bank is shutting 88 outlets in the Republic, and 15 in Northern Ireland.

The Bank will continue to operate with 169 branches, including 15 in Galway.

In a statement, the bank says it will be complemented by a new partnership with An Post, offering Bank of Ireland customers services at more than 66 post office locations across Galway city and county.

Staff have been briefed on this morning’s announcement, with the closures mainly affecting self-service branches and coming into effect by the end of September.

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