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City Council has flooding crews on standby as torrential rainfall expected

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The City Council says crews will be on stand-by to deal with any localised flooding across the city this evening.
It’s as two weather warnings are now in effect – with strong winds and torrential rain expected to hit the county throughout the afternoon.
People who are travelling this afternoon are being warned to expect heavy rain, spot flooding and heavy winds.
A Status Yellow rainfall warning for the entire country is now in effect until 6 o’ clock this evening.
Heavy rain will lead to accumulations of around 25 to 40 millimetres – with even heavier falls expected on higher ground.
Galway City Council says it’s weather assessment team has met today – and the worst of the rainfall is expected between now and 5 o’clock.
It adds that road crews will be deployed this evening to tackle any instances of spot flooding throughout the city.
Meanwhile, a status yellow wind warning is also in place for Connacht, Munster, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.
Southeasterly winds will reach average speeds of 50 to 65 kilometres per hour – with gusts reaching as high as of 100 kilometres per hour.
Met Eireann is warning the gusts may be even stronger in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground.
The wind warning remains in place until 3 this afternoon.
Matthew Martin of Met Eireann says overall, we can expect a day of wintry conditions.

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NUIG study finds using mobile gambling for social interaction can lead to problem gambling

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An NUIG study has found engaging in mobile gambling for social interaction can lead to problem gambling.

The research by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics was based on a global sample of 327 people who use gambling apps on a weekly basis.

The study focused specifically on mobile gambling, whereby people gamble online using their smartphones through specially designed apps and websites.

It found that mobile gambling differs from more traditional forms of gambling due to its constant accessibility.

Researchers state that using gambling apps to facilitate social interaction and avoid boredom are key motivations for problem gamblers, but not for non-problem gamblers.

Lead author of the study, Dr Eoin Whelan says the pandemic and the lockdowns that followed have led to a surge in people gambling through their smartphones.

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Backlog of 467 applications for primary medical certificate await assessment in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 467 applications for a primary medical certificate are waiting to be assessed in the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo area.

A primary medical cert is required to qualify for the disabled driver’s tax and VRT exemptions.

Figures provided by the HSE to Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv reveal 181 such applications were processed in full in the West last year.

Nationwide, 1,858 applications are waiting to be assessed with 1,273 completed in 2020.

In the response to Deputy O’Cuiv’s parliamentary question, the HSE says there are challenges in some areas in progressing assessments due to the redeployment of medical officers to the COVID vaccine programme and the management of outbreaks in residential care facilities.

It adds the HSE is currently revising its service recovery and restoration plans.

Deputy O’Cuiv says the delay is causing significant stress and worry to applicants with many in the West waiting for feedback since last March.

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Listen: Killtullagh’s Saoirse Ruane learns to ride her bike again

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Galway Bay fm news – Kiltullagh native Saoirse Ruane – star of last year’s Toy Show – has gone viral online, again!

The 9 year old has learned to cycle her bicycle again using a specially modified bike – and has shared the achievement on social media.

Saoirse and her mum Rosanna spoke to FYI Galway:

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