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Controversy over remarks by President Higgins and Tanaiste Gilmore over Margaretta D’Arcy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The President is defending his wife’s decision to visit a jailed anti-war activist from Galway

Sabina Higgins visited 79-year-old Margaretta D’Arcy in Limerick Prison at the weekend.

She was jailed last week for illegally accessing a runway at Shannon airport – during a protest against the US Military.

Margaretta, who is undergoing treatment for cancer, is serving a three month sentence for illegal incursion on the runway at Shannon Airport last October

Michael D Higgins says his wife was visiting a long standing friend in a personal and private capacity

He says whether it was appropriate or not – doesn’t arise at all

Earlier the Tánaiste sais Sabina Higgins’ visit to the Galway peace activist was appropriate, adding he learned of the trip to Limerick jail through the media.

However Fianna Fáil has questioned the remarks from the Tánaiste, particularly his hopes Margaretta D’Arcy’s legal team are working to secure her release as soon as possible.

Fianna Fail’s Micheal McGrath says politicians can’t have a role in the judicial process.

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UHG has 2nd highest number of Covid-19 patients nationwide today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG has the second highest number of COVID-19 patients nationwide today.

There are 25 patients with the virus at the city hospital – behind Cork University Hospital at 29.

Nationally, 288 COVID-positive patients are in hospitals today with 67 in ICUs.

It’s a slight fall on yesterday’s total and is 12 percent down on last Friday.

Today’s UHG figure OF 25 is a considerable reduction on the figure of 32 recorded this day last week.

UHG has consistently had one of the highest figures nationwide in recent weeks, and has also been dealing with significant overcrowding issues.

Meanwhile, there is a single COVID-19 patient at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe today – the exact same figure as was recorded this day last week.

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CSO seeking field supervisors across Galway for 2022 Cenus

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Central Statistics Office is seeking field supervisors across Galway for next year’s Census.

It’s particularly seeking applicants from Galway City Centre, Headford, Portumna and Tuam.

The full time positions will last from January to May, and people will work from their own home managing a small team.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, September 21st and further details are available at CSO.ie.

Kathleen Goulding of the CSO has been outlining who they’re looking for – tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Plans for €100m investment at Tynagh power station near Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans for a major €100m development at Tynagh power station near Loughrea.

It’s proposed that a 299MW gas-fuelled power station will be built on the site, alongside the existing 400MW power station.

The Tynagh power station is 80 percent owned by a Czech firm which acquired the stake in 2019.

According to the Irish Independent, the proposed new €100m project would be a 299MW gas-fuelled power station.

It would be used to provide back-up electricity to the national grid when renewable energy is insufficient to meet demand.

It’s reported An Bord Pleanala has agreed that the planned development does not constitute a strategic infrastructure development.

As such, a planning application can be lodged with Galway County Council, which is expected to happen next month.

Photo – Barry Sherry TEL

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