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COUNTYWIDE CCTV TO TARGET ILLEGAL DUMPING

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Cameras will be installed at dumping spots around the county in a bid to curb illegal dumping.

At a meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee, Councillor Shaun Cunniffe said there is a “dreadful problem” in the Cloontue and Cloonascragh areas of Tuam.

A report given out at the meeting showed that there is also concern about illegal dumping in Portumna.

The area, which is popular for bathers and fishermen has been the location of illegal dumping in the past.

While cameras have already been erected, rubbish is still being dumped further along the road away from the camera.

New CCTV will be put in place in Portumna, Cloontooa Road and Cloonkeen Tuam and Carnakelly Athenry.

The litter-awareness sub-committee is also seeking clarification from the Council’s Data Protection Officer in relation to the extent that PPS numbers found at illegal dumping sites can be considered.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says that most illegal dumping is carried out when community wardens are off-duty and that their working shifts should be staggered.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Councillor Shaun Cunniffe says that the new CCTV will go further to catch illegal dumping.

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Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.

Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.

A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.

Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.

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1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.

There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.

Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.

18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.

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Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.

Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.

However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.

Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.

Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.

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