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Covid-19 patients at UHG almost doubled over past 7 days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of patients being treated for Covid-19 at University Hospital Galway has continued to climb steadily and is almost double what it was this day last week.

There are now 127 patients being treated for the virus – compared to a figure of 71 recorded at the city hospital this time last week.

12 patients are currently receiving treatment in the ICU – while there are 2 critical care beds available.

Elsewhere, at Portiuncula in Ballinasloe, there are 11 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 2 patients in the ICU.

Nationally, over eighteen hundred people are currently hospitalised with Covid-19.

The figure includes 169 patients in intensive care.

The National Public Health Emergency Team is meeting today to discuss the situation in hospitals.

Public Health Expert Dr Gabriel Scally says the country is not in a good situation.

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City Council to publish all Part 8 planning applications online

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is to publish all Part 8 planning applications online.

Fianna Fail City Councillor John Connolly proposed uploading the documents to the Local Authority’s online planning system, where they could be publicly viewed – at this week’s meeting.

The City Chief Executive Brendan McGrath advised Councillor Connolly that it would be more appropriate to upload the documents to the City Council’s general website as the planning section was not designed to host Part 8 documents.

Meanwhile, Director of Services for Planning Ruth McNally advised the meeting that a new portal is being set up where the files can also be uploaded.

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File sent to DPP over Oireachtas Golf Society dinner in Clifden

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have sent a file to the DPP in relation to the investigation surrounding the Oireachtas Golf Society dinner, which was held in Connemara last summer.

81 people, including politicians and members of the judiciary attended the event in Clifden in August, during a period of COVID-19 restrictions.

Golfgate was followed by the resignation of Phil Hogan as EU Trade Commissioner and the resignation of former Agriculture Minister Dara Calleary.

A number of Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael senators also lost the party whip as a result.

Supreme Court judge Seamus Woulfe was also in attendance, but a report by former Chief Justice Susan Denham found it would be unjust to seek his resignation.

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Galway TD describes Commission report into Mother and Baby homes as ‘colour by numbers’ exercise

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The report from the Commission into Mother and Baby Homes has been described in the Dáil by Galway West TD Catherine Connolly as ‘a colour by numbers’ exercise where ‘the picture was pre-determined’

The Independent Deputy again raised the report in the Dáil this week arguing its conclusions are at odds with witness testimony.

Deputy Connolly questioned the findings of no evidence of forced adoptions and no evidence of pressure to put women into the institutions.

She also questioned the findings on vaccine trials with no side effects recorded, while a minimum of 10 thousand deaths were recorded at the homes.

The Galway West TD told the Dáil the report quotes ‘all of society’ and argued it was the ‘powerful in society’ while the government bowed down.

The Dáil heard the report described as a ‘colour by numbers’ exercise where the picture was pre-determined….

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