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Council for the West urges government to implement rural report

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Council for the West is urging the government to implement recommendations made by a rural development commission as a matter of extreme urgency.
The Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas report outlines 38 points to guide rural economic development until 2025.
It hightlights areas such as tourism, agriculture, the marine, the caring sector, financial and software services and medical devices.
The Council of the West is a voluntary independent body established to monitor the socio-economic conditions in seven counties in the West including Galway.
Declan O Callaghan, Vice-Chairman of the Council, says that the report was prepared at the request of the government but there are concerns that nothing has been heard since.

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NUIG researchers advance understanding of Covid-19 infection process

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A research team at NUI Galway has advanced the understanding of the Covid-19 infection process.

The team within the Advanced Glycoscience Research Cluster discovered how human respiratory cells respond to the virus.

Researchers say that all pathogens need the right combination of carbohydrates and proteins to attach to their host and cause infection.

The team at NUI Galway found that in Covid-19, the spike-glycoprotein is covered with carbohydrates and binds to the “ACE2 receptor” protein on human respiratory cells to start the infection.

It notes that mutations cause minor changes in this “molecular handshake” – many of these can be insigificant and neither beneficial nor detrimental to the virus or the host.

However, others can alter the infectivity and severity of the disease such as the UK, South African and Brazilian variants.

It’s hoped the data science analysis carried out at NUI Galway will help gain a better insight into the immune response to Covid-19, and lead to the development of improved biomarkers and therapeutic responses to the Covid-19 virus.

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Galway, Mayo and Roscommon only 3 counties to see increase in cases in last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway, Mayo and Roscommon are the only three counties nationwide to record increases in COVID-19 cases in the last week.

The HSE has warned that while all other counties nationwide are seeing a decline in case numbers, the West is seeing a continued rise.

The 14 day incidence rate in Galway stands at 1095 per 100,000, 1635 in Mayo and 925 in Roscommon.

An analysis of the 7 day incidence rate has shown that cases are still on the rise in these areas.

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health with HSE West told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the West region is still in a situation of growth which is extremely concerning….

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Water outage in west side of city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Households and businesses in the west of the city are without water today.

It’s due to a burst watermain on the Letteragh Road.

Irish Water says crews are working to repair the significant burst as quickly and as safely as possible.

Repairs are expected to be completed by 7 this evening.

Areas affected include Salthill, Lower Salthill, Dominick Street and West End of City Centre, Newcastle, University Road, St Mary’s Road, Taylor’s Hill, Kingston and southern end of Knocknacarra and surrounding areas.

The public is advised that supply to UHG is independent and will remain unaffected by the incident.

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