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Decision to allow salmon farming company to extract water from Connemara lake facing High Court inquiry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A decision by an Bord Pleanála to allow a salmon farming company to extract water from a lake in South Connemara is facing a court inquiry.
A Judicial review into the permission granted to Bradán Beo Teo to bring water from the lake in the Lettermullen area is to take place in the High Court.

The grant of permission by an Bord Pleanála two months ago for the extraction of water from Loch an Mhuillin was seen as a breakthrough in the salmon farming industry.
Fresh water is used to fend off gill disease and generally cleanse cages at sea but finding sources has proven contentious.
Bradán Beo Teo… in which Údarás na Gaeltachta owns a substantial shareholding…was refused permission for water extraction from Loch an Mhuillin by Galway County Council early last year.
However, following a year long process, the higher planning authority gave the go ahead.
The decision is now set for the Courts.
Well-known environmental activist, Peter Sweetman, is associated with the proposed High Court review regarding the way in which the Loch an Mhuillin decision was arrived at.
Legal documents have been sent to Bradán Beo Teoranta and to Galway County Council who would have a role in the Court proceeding as well as an Bord Pleanála.

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50 new cases of Covid-19 identified across the country

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,763 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday 4th August, the HPSC has been notified of 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,303 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

No new cases have been reported in Galway, with the total to date at 498.

Of the cases notified today;

  • 31 are men / 19 are women
  • 81% are under 45 years of age
  • 42 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 4 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 11 cases are located in Wexford, 10 in Kildare, 6 in Dublin, 5 in Donegal, and 18 are spread across nine other counties (Carlow, Cork, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary and Wicklow).

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

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

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “I know the decision yesterday not to move to Phase 4 will have been disappointing for many. However, NPHET’s priority must be to control the spread of this virus in our communities and to protect the progress that we have achieved to date.

COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus and we have seen a significant increase in its spread across multiple counties over recent days. We are monitoring this very closely.

Our focus over the coming weeks will be on continuing every effort to slow the spread of the virus so that our schools can reopen, our healthcare services resume, and our nursing homes are protected

“I would also like to emphasise again the importance of continuing to practice safe behaviours such as physical distancing, washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and downloading the COVID-19 Tracker app. Doing these things makes a real difference when it comes to controlling the spread of this virus.”

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City public hospitals deliver over 36,000 virtual outpatient consultations

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Clinical teams at UHG and Merlin Park Hospitals have delivered over 36,000 virtual outpatient consultations since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Normally, the hospitals deliver over 280,000 outpatient appointments every year.

However due to patient and staff safety, clinical teams used technology to link with patients and continue to monitor them.

Prior to the onset on COVID-19, the cardiology outpatient service in University Hospital Galway would see 9500 patients each year with seven clinics per week, with up to 50 patients attending each.

Since March through telephone consultations and later video consults – 3,800 virtual cardiology outpatient appointments have been delivered.

Chris Kane, Hospital Manager of the Galway University Hospitals group says almost overnight clinical teams had to re-assess how they could safely manage patients and put plans and processes in place.

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16 primary care positions unfilled in Galway since last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

There are currently 16 primary care position in Galway that have been unfilled since 2019.

Figures released a recent meeting of the Regional Health Forum West show that Galway has the second highest number of primary care vacancies of any county in the Community Healthcare West region.

Paul Hyland has the details:
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Figures released by the HSE show there are 16 primary care positions in Galway which have been vacant since last year.

There are 7 vacant posts for Health and Social Care Professionals, with one of these posts on hold awaiting approval.

Five nursing positions are still listed as unfilled – 3 positions have been accepted, however, and one more is being processed.

Meanwhile, there are two Management/Administration positions and two Medical/Dental roles vacant.

31 primary care vacancies have been filled in Galway since 2019.

There are current 41 unfilled posts in the Community Healthcare West region – with Mayo accounting for the highest number of vacancies at 22.

The figures were released at a recent meeting of the Regional Health Forum West following a query by Fianna Fail City Councillor John Connolly.

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