Clifden lifeboat station is to recieve an all-weather lifeboat for a trial period of 12 months.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has announced that the new Mersey-class lifeboat has a speed of 17 knots, and can carry a crew of six.
Clifden RNLI, which was established in the 80s, launched eight times in 2012, and and brought seven people to safety.
The RNLI volunteers will receive special training to meet the demands of the new vessel, which will be on trial from the RNLI’s relief fleet.
Lifeboat Operations Manager John Brittain says the new boat will help the volunteers to cover a wider area:
Increase in 14 day Covid-19 infection rate in Galway, Cork and Limerick a factor in Government decision not to open Wet Pubs this Christmas
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A study has revealed that an increase in 14 day Covid-19 infection rates in Galway, Limerick and Cork may have been a factor in the Cabinet’s decision not to allow Wet Pubs to open this Christmas.
The Study from EY, according to the Sunday times, found that there was an increase of up to 12 Percent in the three regional cities – three times the national average.
The study found no similar surge in Dublin where they remained closed over the same period.
The government’s announcement on the lifting of Level 5 restrictions in the run up to Christmas allows restaurants and pubs that serve food to reopen from Friday but pubs that do not must remain closed.
This announcement on Friday evening was greeted with disappointment by the Vintners Federation of Ireland.
7 further deaths from COVID-19, 243 new cases nationally, 14 of them in Galway
The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,050 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Friday 27th November, the HPSC has been notified of 243 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,942 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 137 are men / 104 are women
- 71% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 32 years old
- 91 in Dublin, 26 in Donegal, 18 in Cork, 16 in Waterford, 15 in Limerick, and the remaining 77 cases are spread across another 18 counties.
As of 2pm today 254 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
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WIP Concern over how major backlog of BreastCheck appointments at UHG will be addressed
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Concern is being expressed over how the HSE will deal with a major backlog for BreastCheck appointments at UHG.
It follows the revelation that there’s been an 80 percent drop in screenings due to Covid-19.
The figures were provided at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West following a query from Councillor Donagh Killilea.
They showed that figures dropped from 10,700 screen last year at UHG – to just 2,200 so far this year up to the end of October.
There’s now a major backlog, with the HSE admitting that 150,000 screening invitations were paused between March and October.
While BreastCheck services have now resumed, they are running at limited capacity – though the HSE says it is working to maximise capacity and recruit more staff