Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed that a Galway school is on a list of schools suspected to be affected by structural issues.
Galway Educate Together National School, located in Newcastle, was constructed by Western Building Systems earlier this year.
Nationally, Education Minister Joe McHugh says as many as 40 schools may be affected by building defects and are being examined.
The Minister says students, parents and teachers should know by the end of midterm if their school has to join a number already closed.
Education Minister Joe McHugh says teams will be working through the bank holiday weekend to examine the safety of the schools.
Minister McHugh also says he’s setting up a team to inform the principals of schools potentially impacted.
Western Building Systems, which constructed the schools, says it’s eager to get to the bottom of the problem and resolve any issues.
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals falls below 20 for second time this year
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
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.
Bank of Ireland to close three county Galway branches
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.