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Dáil hears Catherine Corless “hero for this nation” for work on Tuam mother and baby home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam historian Catherine Corless has been hailed a “hero for this nation” in the Dáil for her work investigating the Tuam Mother and Baby Home.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin, Labour leader Alan Kelly, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, and Galway East Deputy Sean Canney paid tribute to her work this afternoon.

It followed a formal apology from the Taoiseach to those who were placed in mother and baby homes.

Speaking in the Dáil, he said the final report of the Mother and Baby Home Commission lays bare the failures of church and state.

He acknowledged the unacceptable treatment of women and children was as a direct result of how the state acted.

He further stated that the women should never have been there in the first place, and were only there, stripped of their rights, because of the wrongs of others.

The Taoiseach said it is deeply distressing that the high mortality rates were known at the time, yet there was no state response.

And he acknowledged that the work done by Catherine Corless in Tuam led directly to the establishment of the Mother and Baby Home Commission.

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Galway’s COVID-19 14-day incidence rate down only marginally week-on-week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 14 day incidence rate has dropped only marginally week-on-week.

The latest figures from NPHET show Galway’s infection rate per 100,000 of population stands at 1041 – a drop of 4% since last Thursday.

2866 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks – including 1,222 over the last seven days.

At 1041, Galway’s incidence rate stands mid-table nationwide.

Monaghan has the highest rate at 2264, followed by Waterford at 1792, while Leitrim has the lowest at 468.

It comes as Galway is one of the only county’s nationwide which is experiencing an ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases – with 148 reported last evening.

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Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe third most overcrowded nationwide for second day

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is the third most overcrowded nationwide for the second day in a row.

20 patients are waiting in the emergency room or in wards at the East Galway hospital.

University Hospital Limerick is the most overcrowded with 51 patients.

This is followed by Cork University Hospital with 35.

The latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show one patient is awaiting treatment at the emergency department at UHG.

174 patients are waiting on trolleys or in wards nationwide.

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NUIG researchers developing advanced AI to improve COVID-19 diagnosis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at NUI Galway are developing an advanced artificial intelligence system that will improve diagnosis times for COVID-19.

The project involves developing AI technology to analyse CT scans using a ‘supercomputer’ from the Irish Centre for High-Performance Computing.

It’s being being undertaken by Dr. Aaron Golden in collaboration with Dr. Christoph Kleefeld of NUI Galway and Dr. Declan Sheppard of Galway University Hospitals.

Researchers say that everyone is used to the idea of nasal and throat swabs for COVID-19 – but they’re not 100% accurate and can miss genuine cases, and there can also be delays in getting results.

The project now underway at NUI Galway is developing new AI techniques using a national supercomputer, to expedite the diagnosis of Covid-19 from patient CT scans.

At present, the use of CT scans, allows a radiologist to examine lesions on the lungs that would be indicative of Covid-19, in less than an hour.

However, it can be difficult to determine the cause of these lesions – which is where the new AI techniques will come into play.

The imaging system being developed by researchers at NUI Galway will incorporated trained AI who will be able to distinguish between different types of lesions.

The training of this AI involves familiarising it with thousands of different CT scans – and then developing deep learning algorithms to standardise the scans.

Researchers say this is a big data problem requiring a phenomenal amount of computation – necessitating the use of the KAY supercomputer at the Irish Centre for High-Performance Computing.

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