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City social welfare office to partially reopen tomorrow following fatal accident

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The city social welfare office is to reopen tomorrow morning.

The facility in Hynes Building on Augustine Street had been closed today as Gardai and HSA officials carry out an examination.

The Department of Social Protection says the local office will reopen tomorrow morning – however the Community Welfare Service office based upstairs will not be open.

The temporary office closure follows a tragic accident at the multi-storey building yesterday after which a three year old Nigerian boy died.

Solomon Soremekun died after he became trapped in the lift shaft at the office at Hynes Building.

It’s understood he was with his mother and at least two other siblings at the building at around 3p.m when the incident occurred.

A post-mortem is continuing at University Hospital Galway this evening.

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1,224 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There has been a further 1,224 Covid-19 cases reported today.

It brings the five-day moving average of new cases to 1,334 – a slight increase compared to yesterday, but down from 1,454 a week ago.

278 people are in hospital with the virus, up 17 in 24 hours.

63 are in ICU, down three.

Figures released for Galway University Hospital yesterday evening shows that there are 16 receiving treatment for Covid-19. A reduction of 7 on the day previously.

Meanwhile, in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there is one patient getting treatment. No change from yesterday.

Of those figures, there are 4 in ICU in GUH, a reduction of 2 on yesterday and no change for Portiuncula with 1 patient in ICU.

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LISTEN: Mizen to Malin cycle against Suicide to pass through Galway on Tuesday and Wednesday

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The 700km Mizen to Malin cycle against Suicide will be visiting and passing through Galway on Tuesday and Wednesday next.

Over 100 cyclists from all over the country are taking part and they began this morning at 9.15am leaving the Mizen Head Car Park on their first leg to Killarney.

The Tuesday leg will leave Ballyvaughan and overnight in Oranmore before passing through Galway on Wednesday passing through Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, Lenane and Westport on its route to Castlebar.

Cycle Against Suicide, in existence since 2013, is a national awareness charity that sets out to change culture and create a society that openly talks about suicide to allow people to speak up and seek help.

Barry Williams is the fundraising and social media manager for Cycle against Suicide. He said there was great excitement when they set off from Mizen Head this morning:

Further supports are available on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com

The Route

Day 1/Sunday September 19th — Mizen >> Killarney – 122km

Day 2/Monday September 20th  — Killarney >> Lahinch –  126km

Day 3/Tuesday, September 21st — Lahinch >> Oranmore – 86km

Day 4/Wednesday, September 22nd — Oranmore >> Castlebar – 118km

Day 5/Thursday, September 23rd— Castlebar >> Donegal Town -148km

Day 6/Friday, September  24th — Donegal >> Malin Head – 123km

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Listen: Midlands North West MEP calls for Gender-Based Violence to be established as a Eurocrime

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Midlands-North-West MEP Maria Walsh has this week called for the European commission to establish gender-based violence as a Eurocrime, which would make gender-based crimes illegal in all EU countries.

MEP Walsh had a central role in establishing the Parliament recommendations to the Commission on what to include in their future actions on combating gender-based violence.

A survey completed in 2014 by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights found that approximately 50 women lose their lives to domestic violence every week.

A Women’s Aid report published earlier this year saw that 29,717 people contacted the domestic violence support service in 2020, an increase of 43% compared to 2019. 95% of those who contacted the 24-hour national helpline were women, 5% were men.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon, MEP Walsh said that while the vote does not immediately mean that Gender Based violence is a Eurocrime, it is an important start to the process:

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