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Coronavirus: testing centre trialled in Galway City

Enda Cunningham

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Ambulances outside Renmore Community Centre this evening (Photo: Enda Cunningham)

The HSE carried out a Covid-19 testing trial in a Galway City community centre this evening.

The trial was strictly for people with suspected coronavirus who had been referred by the HSE’s Department of Public Health – it was NOT a walk-in service and was NOT open to the general public.

Ambulance staff set up the temporary clinic in Renmore Community Centre shortly before 5pm.

It’s understood that around a dozen people were referred to the temporary clinic, a pilot scheme for rolling out similar testing facilities – an announcement is expected on Monday on new testing methods.

The Department of Health did not respond to queries from the Galway City Tribune this evening.

Meanwhile, in another first for Galway, clinical testing for Covid-19 (from swabs) was carried out at the Galway University Hospitals laboratory today.

Until now, samples had to be sent to the National Virus Reference Laboratory at University College Dublin.

Professor Martin Cormican, Consultant Microbiologist with NUI Galway and the HSE praised his medical science colleagues, whom he said “pulled out all the stops to get this done”.

The Department of Health announced tonight that another person has died in the Republic as a result of Covid-19, a male in the east of the country with an underlying medical condition

39 more cases of Covid-19 were confirmed today (29 men and 10 women). 21 are associated with the east of the country, 13 associated with the south, 3 associated with the north west, 2 cases associated with the west of Ireland. That brings the total for the Republic to 129 cases.

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Holohan added that the Department is to begin providing a county-by-county breakdown of confirmed coronavirus cases and renewed his appeal to people who display symptoms of Covid-19 should not ring 999/112 or an out-of-hours GP service, they need to contact their own GP by phone on Monday morning.

“I urge every citizen to follow these measures to protect our people, especially the most vulnerable in our society.

“I note also the pressure our emergency services phonelines were under today. 112/999 should only be used for emergencies, when an ambulance is required. This is not an advice line.

“If you have flu like symptoms, self isolate at home until Monday and visit hse.ie for advice. You can call your GP on Monday morning and they will decide if you need a test. Please only call 999 or GP out of hours for emergencies.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer said there were many anecdotal stories of busy pubs and restaurants and people ignoring the social distancing guidelines laid out on Thursday

“We are in an unprecedented global situation. Everyone in the country must play their part in protecting the most vulnerable and slowing down the spread of this disease.”

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Covid could leave Galway City Council with €25m budget hole

Stephen Corrigan

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Shop STreet this week.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – Galway City Council is facing into a “potential crisis scenario” with a forecasted €25 million black hole in its budget, unless the Government comes good on a promise to plug the gap left by Covid-19.

That’s according to City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath who told councillors this week that the commercial rates waiver introduced by Government and a drop in income from goods and services provided by the local authority could slash their forecast annual revenue by 25%.

Mr McGrath said the last Government, when it introduced the rates waiver for cash-strapped businesses in March, had committed to €260 million to be put aside to bolster local authority finances, but no detail of how that will be rolled out had been provided.

“We are hoping as part of the July stimulus package, the new Government will give us the detail we so desperately need,” he said.

“Our rates standing orders have been wiped out to the tune of 90%.”

Tourism was crucial to the economic success of Galway, he continued, with approximately 80% of city businesses reliant on tourists to stay afloat.

“We have the highest percentage dependency of any local authority on rates from the tourism and hospitality sector,” said Mr McGrath.

It was for that reason that the Executive was seeking councillors’ approval to free up €485,000 of the so-called ‘Marketing Sinking Fund’ to finance a raft of tourism initiatives aimed at boosting the local economy by attracting domestic tourists as Covid-related restrictions are eased, in what Mr McGrath referred to as “temporary internal borrowing”.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, and more on the tourism promotion plans, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Seafront prom and new train station planned for Murrough

Dara Bradley

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From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A vision of a new urban district on GMIT lands at Murrough – including a seafront promenade and new train station – has been submitted to Government for funding approval.

Galway City Council Chief Executive Brendan McGrath has outlined a plan to ‘leverage’ land and resources of the third level institute to create a new East City Urban District.

Mr McGrath has included the plans in an application for funding under the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF).

The total value of the project would be €61 million, he said, which values the land at Murrough at about €14 million.

“We are seeking URDF investment to activate these sites as catalysts to boost population and economic output for the city and region,” Mr McGrath told city councillors.

He said that by leveraging the lands at GMIT, the Council was delivering on a target in the National Planning Framework 2040, which states there should be “special focus on capitalising on the potential of underutilised and publicly owned and centrally located sites”.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Plans to double size of Galway City student complex

Enda Cunningham

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A computer-generated image of how the new Cúirt na Coiribe would look.

From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The investment fund which owns the Cúirt na Coiribe student accommodation complex on the Headford Road is planning to more than double the number of bed spaces there to 920.

Exeter Property Group, one of the biggest property investment groups in the world, has applied to An Bord Pleanála for permission to demolish a two-storey building to the front of the development and to remove the existing fifth floor attic level from the next block.

The proposal involves extending upwards and outwards to create a total of 920 bed spaces in 868 bedrooms in a single building with nine linked blocks ranging from two to six storeys.

The project includes a gym/fitness studio in the basement, a games room, library/study spaces, café/restaurant and lounge spaces.

There will be 59 carparking spaces and 656 cycle spaces included. A total of 398 of the 405 existing bed spaces will be retained.

It is proposed that the existing bed spaces will retain their original planning permission which allows for short-stay lets throughout the year, and the additional 515 spaces would only be permitted to be used as short-stay lets during the summer months.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read it in full, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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