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CITY MANAGER DEFENDS REQUESTING ID FROM THE PUBLIC

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City manager Joe O’Neill has defended the practice of requesting identification from members of the public wishing to attend council meetings.

His comments came ahead of councillors voting at last night’s meeting to continue the practice when it is required.

Mr O’Neill said identification may be needed in case a person different to one who pre-booked a place in the public gallery is admitted.

Cllr Colette Connolly was very vocal against the practice, branding it, and the presence of a security company at the entrance, Draconian.

Despite her plea for the public to be encouraged to attend meetings rather than be put off the amendment to an existing standing order was passed by 9 votes to 2.

Another amendment on suspending the remuneration or privileges of a councillor who obstructed meetings has attracted much comment in recent weeks as it was deemed illegal by the council’s solicitors Blake and Kenny.

For this reason councillors agreed that this amendment to standing orders be left out.

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Senior Cabinet Minister to visit Galway today for series of engagements

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Senior Cabinet Minister Heather Humpreys is set to visit Galway today for a two-day series of engagements.

The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Minister for Social Protection, and temporary Minister for Justice, will embark on a series of engagements from this morning.

Minister Heather Humpreys will start her two-day visit with a tour of Aerfort Chonamara in Inverin.

She’ll then visit Inis Óirr to view the pier and engage with local groups, before travelling to Inis Meáin for further engagement with the local community.

She’ll return to the mainland this afternoon for a range of events – including the launch of a tourism marketing campaign for Connemara and the islands, a sod turning on Doire Iorrais Bridge, and the opening of a laboratory space in the gteic hub in An Spidéal.

Tomorrow morning, Minister Humphreys will also visit the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry before making her way to Knockdoemore to view the Lackagh Walking Trail.

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1,361 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 1,361* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”

“Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

“For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitize hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms isolate and get tested.”

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City exhibition explores lockdown experience of children with long-term health conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An exhibition has been launched in the city to explore the experiences of children with long-term health conditions during lockdown.

“Our World in a Window” saw children aged between 9 and 12 years old work with national charity Helium Arts to produce animations, artwork and sculptures.

Their works range from tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations.

The project aimed to bring the children’s lockdown experiences to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing their persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.

The exhibition is currently on display at Galway City Library until August 4th, and will also visit Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Longford.

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