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City workshop for small business about working smart

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A ‘Smart Business’ workshop will take place in the city next month (28/2) to discuss the benefits of smart working with businesses.
The series of workshops are being organised by Vodafone in association with the Small Firms Association between January and April this year.
The Galway event will take place in the Portershed in the city on February 28th from 7.30a.m to 9a.m
Tune in to Galway Bay fm news for more details…

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One further death and 363 new cases of virus nationwide- 14 located in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that 1 person with COVID-19 has died.

There has now been a total of 1,803 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday, 28 September, the HPSC has been notified of 363 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 35,740 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 172 are men /191 are women
  • 64% are under 45 years of age
  • 47% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 58 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 154 cases are in Dublin, 40 in Cork, 23 in Donegal, 16 in Wexford, 15 in Roscommon, 14 in Galway, 14 in Monaghan, 11 in Kildare, 11 in Meath, 11 in Wicklow, 9 in Limerick, 6 in Clare, 5 in Mayo, 5 in Tipperary with the remaining 29 cases in 9 counties.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“Public buy-in and willingness to adhere to public health guidance remains the frontline of our defence against the spread of COVID-19. The vast majority of people continue to take the necessary steps in their everyday activities to protect themselves and others.

“If you start to experience symptoms, stay at home and contact your GP to assess your need for a COVID-19 test as soon as possible. If you have been informed that you are a close contact of someone who has the illness, please don’t meet up with other people, including your family or friends, don’t go to work or college, don’t play sport, and avail of a test when it is offered. I know that these are difficult choices for people to make, but each individual effort will make a significant impact on the spread of this disease and, ultimately, on the numbers of deaths that we can prevent this winter.”

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City leaders meet to discuss overnight incidents but no firm actions yet agreed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

City leaders have been meeting today in emergency session to discuss the overnight incidents involving students and young people, but no firm actions have been agreed

All parties involved agreed to maintain contact, and to re-convene if needed later in the week

A lengthy statement has just been issued from the meeting. It states that it has been agreed by all participants, but that no spokesperson is being put forward.

The full statement can be found below:

Meeting Held Following Overnight Incidents in Galway City

Following the incidents that occurred in Galway City on Monday night when large crowds of young people congregated in the Spanish Arch, Shop Street and Woodquay areas and the widespread concerns raised regarding the lack of social distancing, the Mayor and  Chief Executive of Galway City Council convened an emergency virtual meeting on Tuesday morning of various agencies and interested parties in response.

In attendance were the Mayor of Galway City, Cllr. Mike Cubbard, Tony Canavan, Chief Executive, HSE Saolta Group, Superintendent Damian Flanagan, Galway Garda Station, President of NUI, Galway, Prof. Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, President of GMIT, Dr. Orla Flynn and the presidents of the Students Unions of NUI Galway and GMIT, Pádraic Toomey and Victor O’Loughlin.

The upset, anger and concern of people across the city at the events that unfolded was shared and acknowledged by all. In particular and in light of the lack of social distancing evident from both social media posts which circulated and which were reported to public representatives and the Gardaí over the course of Monday evening, it was agreed that the events were completely unacceptable. Many members of our community have made great efforts in the context of COVID-19 and the need for empathy and solidarity in that regard was emphasised.

The presidents of the third-level institutions outlined the work carried out to facilitate a safe return to teaching consistent with public health advice. They also set out the disciplinary measures available to them in relation to on- and off-campus behaviour and agreed to continue to work with the Gardai closely on such enforcement measures. These had been clearly communicated to students over the last number of weeks and will be pursued as appropriate.

The Students’ Union presidents will continue to use their communication channels to urge students to follow public health guidelines

Galway City Council will continue to work closely with An Garda Síochána and in particular emphasise that drinking in public is contrary to Galway City Bye-Laws. The Gardaí are actively confiscating alcohol which is being consumed in public spaces and will continue issuing public notices which result in fines and possible court appearances.

It is still vital that people living in, working in and visiting Galway limit their social interactions, maintain social distancing, wear face masks where appropriate such as in shops and on public transport, and not gather in groups larger than outlined in the public health advice.

We know the considerable sacrifices people have made during the last six months, but individually and collectively we must continue to do all we can to protect our families, friends and neighbours.

In these unprecedented times of Covid-19 Pandemic and with the current deep concerns about a possible move to Level 3 of the Living with Covid-19 plan, the meeting appealed to people across the city to “Keep it small, keep your distance and keep safe.”

The group agreed to maintain contact and to convene again if needed later in the week.

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No immediate plans to raise Galway to level 3 Covid-19 restrictions before the weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

The National Public Health Emergency Team has confirmed that, as of this afternoon, there are no plans to rapidly move the county to level three restrictions following a recent spike in cases and yesterday’s controversy around the mass gatherings of students at the Spanish Arch in the City.

That’s according to Junior Minister at the Department of Health, Ann Rabbitte, who today spoke with members of NPHET over local fears of a sudden implementation of level three restrictions in Galway.

The Minister and Fianna Fail TD for East Galway sought the assurances following numerous representations from local residents and business owners.

Galway will be among 4 other counties to be examined when NPHET meet on Thursday, with their recommendations to be provided to cabinet.

According to Minister Rabbitte many businesses such as bars and restaurants are afraid to order stock, for fear of it having to be dumped if the county is upgraded to level 3.

The government received criticisms earlier this month following the rapid implementation of the Dublin Level 3 lockdown and the costs incurred for local businesses.

She’s urged the public not to give into fearmongering over restrictions and to only get news from trusted sources.

The Minister says Galway still has a chance to avoid going into level 3 restrictions by practicing personal responsibility and care.

She says we cannot afford to see a repeat of last night’s Spanish Arch incident.

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