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Construction work to begin on Knocknacarra secondary school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Construction work is to begin this month in Knocknacarra on the new school for Coláiste na Coiribe
The Galway contractor, Stewarts, has been selected to construct the new school, football pitch and 380m of access road at Ballymoneen Road
The construction budget is in excess of €10m and a total investment of €16m will be made by Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board in this new facility
Approximately 100 construction workers will be employed during the construction phase
The new base for the all Irish second level school will be completed by August next year and will provide sixty permanent teaching and support staff positions
Coláiste na Coiribe currently accommodates 450 pupils and has operated from dispersed temporary accommodation on the Tuam road in Bohermore since 1992.
The new facility in Knocknacarra will see the college become Ireland’s largest Gaelcholáiste, with 720 attending and an annual 1st year intake of 120 pupils from 2015.
The state of the art facilities will comprise a full size sports hall, five science labs, two Woodwork and two art rooms; additional practical rooms for Metalwork, Technology, Music and a Language Laboratory.
There are 1600 applications on file for 1st year places for 2015 – 2023 and the Design Team have incorporated potential expansion of 30% for the building.

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Gardai Urge Motorists In Galway to exercise “Extreme” Caution as Weather Warning is extended

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardai have advised motorists in the county to exercise extreme caution if making an essential journey today due to icy conditions.

The National Status Yellow snow/ice warning that was due to be lifted at midday has been extended until 7pm

Met Eireann says icy stretches, sleet and snow will remain throughout the day with reports of dangerous road conditions in several parts of the county.

Extreme caution is advised around Clifden and on the N59 between there and Maam Cross after snowfall last night which led to some cars being stranded.

The forecaster has also issued a Status Yellow low temperature warning, which will take effect from 7pm and run until 10 tomorrow morning.

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Shortage of ICU Beds as figures show a drop in Covid 19 Cases in Galway Hospitals but an increase in those needing treatment in ICU

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A critical shortage of ICU beds are reported in Hospitals in Galway following yesterday evening’s figures released by the HSE.

At 8pm yesterday evening, there were 116 cases in Galway University Hospital and 8 in Portiuncla Hospital Ballinasloe.

Of that number, 18 are in ICU in Galway and 3 in Portiuncula with only two Critical Care beds available in the county. Both at Galway University Hospital.

According to last night’s figures, there are currently none available in Portiuncula Hospital.

The head of the HSE says that nationally, 650 people with Covid-19 are now receiving levels of critical care in hospital.

Paul Reid says 214 patients are in ICU and 436 are on advanced respiratory support.

He says healthcare teams are battling to hold the levels of care and to save lives.

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The Chief Medical Officer says we’re starting to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infection.

However, Dr Tony Holohan says people must avoid meeting others.

The number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen to 1,910 and the 14 day incidence rate has also dropped to 955.5.

But 77 more people have died.

In Galway City and County, the news showed an improvement in Galway’s Incidence Rate figures on previous days with a reported number of 914.9 and 74 cases.

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Cathaoirleach says that Mother and Baby Homes Report will be first item discussed at Monday’s Council meeting

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council James Charity has confirmed that the Mother and Baby Homes report will be the first matter to be discussed at Monday’s council meeting in Corrandulla.

In the Dail this week, the council was criticised for a lack of urgency in addressing its historic links with the Tuam mother and baby home.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte told the Dáil this week that she was ‘horrified’ to see the matter was way down the list of items on Monday’s agenda.

However, despite it being number eight on the agenda, Catherlioch of Galway County Council James Charity today told Galway Bay FM news that it was always going to be the first item discussed at Monday’s meeting.

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