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Covid-19 incidence rate above average in two Galway areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are now two areas in Galway with a Covid-19 incidence rate above the national average.

The figure for Tuam local electoral area is 172 per 100 thousand people, while the figure for Galway City East is 158.

That compares to a national average of 132 per 100 thousand.

Meanwhile, Ballinasloe is 124, Athenry-Oranmore is 97, Galway City Central is 86, Galway City West is 47, and Gort-Kinvara is 34.

Loughrea, Connemara North, and Connemara South all have less than 5 cases per 100 thousand people.

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On Monday, the country’s 14-day incidence rate was 132 cases per 100,000 people.

But there was a huge variation in cases around the country during the previous two weeks.

Ongar LEA in Dublin had the highest rate – at 441, well over three times the national average.

The next worst was Ballymun-Finglas, elsewhere in the capital, at 387.

Other badly hit areas include Donegal – where Buncrana, Milford and Letterkenny LEAs all had incidence rates of over 300.

Two areas in Co Kildare also had rates of over 300 – they are Newbridge and Kildare LEA itself.

The 16 areas with less than five cases in the two-week period include LEAs in Kerry, Mayo and Galway.

Tullamore LEA in Co Offaly had the highest rate for several weeks – but its rate has dropped sharply this week, to 209.

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City councillors angry over delayed demolition of former Corrib Great Southern Hotel

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have been expressing their anger over the delayed demolition of the former Corrib Great Southern Hotel on the East side of the city

Demolition works, at the Dublin Road site, were due to get underway in December but were later postponed due to public health restrictions on construction services.

During a discussion on what the lifting of COVID-19 restriction would mean for services in the city, Social Democrat Councillor Owen Hanley asked the Executive if the Corrib Great Southern demolition would recommence given the return of other construction activity.

It was a major issue for Councillors from the East Ward with several of them seeking clarification on when the site would be cleared.

Independent Councillor Declan McDonnell asked the Executive if it’s true that the Local Authority was before the courts regarding the planned demolition works recently.

In response Director of Services for Housing Dermot Mahon confirmed that there is a case before the courts concerning the site and said he could not comment further.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Mike Crowe challenged Mr Mahon to give Councillors a timeline for when they can expect progress and after a heated back and forth between the pair Mr Mahon reiterated that he could not speak to a case that is before the courts.

He added that he would provide an update as soon as he’s in a position to do so.

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Garda appeal for missing Rahoon man

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are seeking the public’s help in tracing the whereabouts of missing city man Stephen Hilton.

The 24 year old is missing from the Rahoon area of Galway since Sunday (May 9th).

He is described as being 6 feet 3 inches, with long brown hair and a long patchy brown beard, of slim build with brown eyes.

Stephen was last seen in the Inverin area.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Gardaí in Salthill on 091 514 720 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

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Submissions sought for suitable sites for proposed elective hospital in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Submissions are being sought for sites for proposed elective hospitals in Galway, Cork and Dublin.

The Sláintecare programme implementation office is inviting submissions for suitable sites.

These include sites in HSE or healthcare ownership, sites in other public sector ownership, as well as privately owned sites.

The process is part of a preliminary business case which is subject to government decision

A deadline has been set for the end of this month.

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