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City property auction resumes following protest

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A property auction has now resumed in the city after it had to be temporarily abandoned due interruptions from protestors.

Up to 20 protestors entered the auction room and disrupted proceedings shortly after the event got underway at 3 this afternoon.

One property was sold before proceedings were temporarily suspended for half an hour, leaving 18 properties on the list.

It follows a similar protest in Dublin earlier this month where Allsop Space was forced to cancel its event.

The group held the demonstration to highlight concerns over the sale of some houses which they claim were repossessed.

Auctioneer Colm O’Donnellan assured the protestors that 90 per cent of the properties were private sales, not bank sales

Shortly after this exchange further discussion then took place between the protestors and the auctioneers and it was agreed to remove two receiver sales from the list.

Gardaí remain at the scene of the auction in the Harbour Hotel in the city.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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