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County Council recovers 200 abandoned animals this year

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The number of loose and abandoned animals being recovered by Galway County Council has been described as a ‘frightening statistic’.

Director of Services with responsibility for emergency services, Eugene Cummins made the comments at the last meeting of the local authority saying up to 200 animals have been collected so far this year.

The majority of animals being collected are horses which have been abandoned by their owners.

Up to 200 have been seized in the first five months of this year, that’s the same number as the whole of last year, and also drastically higher than the 2011 number of 50.

Tuam area councillor Mary Hoade says people have a responsibility to look out for animals.

 

 

 

 

 

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132 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 2,608 nationwide and 51 additional deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 51 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

49 of these deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 80 years and the age range is 58-103 years.

There has been a total of 2,818* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Wednesday 20th January, the HPSC has been notified of 2,608 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 181,922 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 1,230 are men / 1,346 are women
  • 55% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 42 years old
  • 1,019 in Dublin, 204 in Cork, 135 in Donegal, 132 in Galway, 131 in Kildare, and the remaining 987 cases are spread across all other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 1,943 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 214 are in ICU. 105 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “While we are making clear progress in reducing incidence we can see we still have a very large burden of infection – to illustrate this on Dec 1st, when we last eased restrictions, our 5 day moving average was 261 cases per day, today it is almost ten times that number at 2,430 cases per day.

“It is evident that the population is working as one to reduce contacts and interrupt further transmission of the disease. However, we are witnessing the effects of high levels of community transmission through our hospital and ICU admissions and reported deaths. We need to continue to work together to drive this infection down and bring the disease back under control.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “There have been 532 deaths so far in January and we can unfortunately expect this trend to continue over the coming days. Limiting contacts, keeping physical distance from others, hand hygiene, appropriate use of face coverings and general awareness about how your interactions could potentially spread infection will ultimately prevent further morbidity. Following public health advice will directly save lives.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said; “Incidence is gradually falling but remains very high across all age groups but particularly in those aged 85 and older. A considerable effort by all of us to cut down on contacts has resulted in the R number reducing to 0.5 – 0.8. We have to keep it below 1.0 if we are to successfully emerge out of this current wave.”

Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, said; “Vaccine arrival has been a real morale booster in hospitals and nursing homes. As we are able to roll it out to the wider community it will undoubtedly lift spirits. But please remember we are at a precarious time and if we drop our guard we could undermine our efforts to combat COVID-19. For now, we must stay the course, keep contacts to a minimum, stay home and follow public health advice.”

The HSE has today (Thursday, 21 January, 2021) published the results of the PRECISE study, which looked at antibodies to COVID-19 in healthcare workers in two Irish hospitals.

In St James’s Hospital, 15% of staff had antibodies for COVID-19 while 4.1% of staff in University Hospital Galway had antibodies.

Dr Lorraine Doherty, National Clinical Director for Health Protection HSE, Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC), said; “The results of the study will help the health service in its response to COVID-19. It is also important to note that antibody positivity cannot be taken to mean a person is immune, and all Infection Prevention and Control measures still need to be followed.  

“The study will be repeated in the springtime to see how seroprevalence changes with successive waves of the pandemic, and how antibody status changes in the individuals who participate both times. The second round of testing will also look at vaccine response versus natural infection, given recent commencement of the national vaccination programme.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification 1 death. The figure of 2,818 deaths reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 20 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 20Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 20Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 20Jan2021)
Ireland2,6081140.754,318
Monaghan3421341310
Louth851680.62166
Waterford1041582.11838
Wexford661518.12273
Mayo5015081968
Carlow331457.9830
Limerick991450.52827
Dublin10191254.516902
Cork20412136585
Donegal1351155.21839
Clare311093.31299
Cavan471058.1806
Galway1321016.82624
Meath1179501853
Kildare131880.91960
Tipperary24879.31403
Roscommon22852.1550
Kilkenny15838.4832
Laois45807.6684
Offaly51751.7586
Kerry28734.61085
Wicklow72623.5888
Westmeath24568.9505
Sligo24564.6370
Longford14482197
Leitrim<5430.7138

7 day incidence 396.4

5-day moving average 2,430

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Local TD slams suggestions BEAM farmers must pay back €40m

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway TD Denis Naughten is criticising reports that €40m could be claimed back from BEAM farmers nationwide.

Deputy Denis Naughten says up to 18 thousand farmers could be facing a clawback of funds for failing to comply with the scheme conditions.

The scheme compensates farmers for drops in beef prices, but is contingent on farmers affecting a 5 percent reduction in cattle nitrogen.

Deputy Naughten points out that regardless of some individual farmers failing to meet the target, overall suckler herd numbers are already in “freefall”.

He’s suggesting that the Agriculture Minister seeks flexibility from the EU Commission to ensure farmers aren’t penalised for availing of the BEAM scheme.

Independent Deputy Naughten says it would be “immoral” to see farmers hit with a repayment bill right now…

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

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OPW Minister to visit areas affected by flooding in South Galway later this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The OPW Minister will visit areas affected by flooding in South Galway later this year.

Minister Patrick O’Donovan says he will visit the areas when travel restrictions are lifted or possibly later in the year following an invitation from Galway based Junior Minister Anne Rabbitte.

It comes as a technically feasible engineering solution has been sourced for the Gort Lowlands Scheme – with Minister O’Donovan saying the solution is both environmentally and economically feasible based on the information at hand.

It’s understood the options assessment is continuing for the scheme and will be followed by a public consultation.

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