Several city councillors have expressed their disappointment at the fact that the new city manager did not come from within Galway city council.
Their comments came as they approved the public appointments commission nominee to the post Meath County Manager Brendan McGrath to the post.
Cllr Frank Fahy told the chamber he was disappointed neither acting city manager nor dir of services Ciaran Hayes got the job.
This view was echoed by several members who said they were disappointed with the outcome on that the nominee did not come from in house
Joe O Neill was praised for his excellent stewardship of the city for the last 3 years and for always having the welfare and the economic drive of the city at heart
Cllr Catherine Connolly said the city has had 7 managers in 14 years and the question needs to be asked is the city best served in this way
Outgoing manager Joe O Neill thanked cllrs for their kind comments and said that as a native of the city it is always an honour for him to serve the city council and quipped he’ll be around for a while more
He said he will inform cllrs of Brendan McGrath’s start date when it’s finalised
Mayor Terry O Flaherty summed up cllrs views in welcoming MrMcGrath and said ge faces a tough challenge as it’s a big city to deal with
16 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 269 nationally, 18 additional deaths (not all recent)
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 1 death occurred in October, 15 deaths in November and 2 are under investigation.
There has been a total of 2,069* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Monday 30th November, the HPSC has been notified of 269 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 72,798** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;
- 133 are men / 133 are women
- 65% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
- 73 in Dublin, 20 in Kilkenny, 20 in Limerick, 19 in Louth, 19 in Tipperary and the remaining 118 cases are spread across 20 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 224 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The hard work and sacrifices that have been made by people over the last 6 weeks to suppress COVID-19 means that we are now in a position to reopen non-essential retail and to travel within our counties. “It is up to every person, individually, to remain vigilant to the spread of this disease, to assess the risk that is involved in any social activity. We need to keep the public health advice at the centre of our minds and do not have visitors to our homes, outside of any necessary visitors in a support bubble, until the 18th of December. “Each one of us has a role in shaping the national picture on COVID-19 in the coming weeks. It is vital that you keep hand washing, wear face coverings and keep a 2m distance from each other, to protect public health, to protect vital public services and to give us the best chance to continue to minimise the spread of the disease.”
*Validation of data has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 2,069 deaths reflect this. **Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 72,798 confirmed cases reflects this. Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 30 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 30NOV2020)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (17NOV to 30NOV2020)||New Cases during last 14 days (17NOV to 30NOV2020)|
Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 39.9.
Call for drive thru COVID-19 vaccination centres to be set-up in Galway city
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for drive-thru COVID-19 vaccination centres to be set-up in Galway city.
Fianna Fail Councillor Alan Cheevers argues the establishment of drive-through centres is vital so local citizens and especially vulnerable people can access the vaccine quickly when it comes on stream.
He says potential sites for these centres should identified now and that they should strategically located across the city.
It comes as the government’s Covid-19 vaccine Taskforce has been meeting this week.
Councillor Cheevers says the HSE West should coordinate with the vaccine Taskforce to ensure an appropriate roll-out programme is in place.
Galway School becomes the first city-centre ‘School Streets’ project in Ireland
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Scoil Iognaid is settling in to its ‘school street’ pilot programme, and its history making role as the first City-Centre ‘School Streets’ Project in Ireland
A ‘School Street’ is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on traffic at drop off and pick up times creating a safer, calmer space for children, parents and residents to walk, scoot or cycle.
As part of the pilot project, Palmyra Row, Palmyra Avenue and Raleigh Row will be pedestrianised during the school pick up and drop off times
Residents will still have access to their homes during these times, as will cyclists or ‘blue badge’ holders accessing the school.
The pilot was launched this week by Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard, and Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton
It’s funded by the National Transport Authority, and delivered with the support of the Green-Schools Travel programme, An Garda Siochána, and the wider school community.