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Councillor calls for Travellers group to address council about horse welfare

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A county councillor is calling for Traveller representative groups to appear before the council to explain what measures are being taken to address horse welfare.
Councillor James Charity made the call at a meeting of the Oranmore/Athenry Municipal District this week.
He said there is a case currently going through the courts relating to the lifting of horses by the county council at the N84 Headford Road.

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Galway’s incidence rate of COVID-19 second highest nationwide but hospitalisations falling

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The rate of COVID 19 infection in Galway is now the second highest nationwide, however hospitalisations are on the decrease.

Galway has a 14 day incidence rate of 327.4, with Offaly reporting the highest 12 day rate at 415.6 per 100 thousand in population.

845 cases of the virus have been reported in Galway city and county over the last fortnight.

So far this week, Galway has reported some of the highest number of cases nationwide.

21 were recorded on Monday, 38 on Tuesday – the second highest number nationwide and 37 in last evening’s figures – the fourth highest nationwide.

However, there are some positive trends emerging in Galway with the number of COVID-19 hospitalisations seeing a steady decrease.

20 patients with the virus are receiving care at UHG today, while four are being treated at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

There are six patients in the ICU at UHG, with none in the ICU setting at Portiuncula Hospital.

Meanwhile, the Saolta Hospital Group has confirmed that vaccination of healthcare staff got underway at the vaccination base at Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit today.

The group says it will use the coming weeks to identify and resolve any issues that may arise before beginning the use of such centres for the general public.

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AIB Eyre Square branch to close at end of April

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The AIB Eyre Square branch is to close at the end of April.

All accounts will be moved to the nearby Lynch’s Castle branch at Shop Street.

In a statement, AIB says it’s due to service overlaps.

The Eyre Square branch will close on April 30th and will then merge with the Lynch’s Castle base.

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County Galway’s commercial vacancy rate rises to 16.6%

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The commercial vacancy rate in Galway has risen to 16.6%.

The latest GeoView Commercial Property Report published by GeoDirectory and EY-DKM show the rate increased to almost 17% in the final quarter of last year.

This was higher than the national average of 13.5%.

Galway accounted for 5.9% of the State’s total commercial stock of over 211,600.

Of the areas sampled in Galway, Tuam had the highest commercial vacancy rate at 23.4%, while Loughrea had the lowest at 15.9%.

Meath was the county with the lowest commercial vacancy rate at just over 10%, while Sligo had the highest rate at almost 20%.

Chief executive of GeoDirectory, Dara Keogh, says Leinster fared best in the latest report.

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