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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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Status yellow rain and wind warnings for Galway for tonight

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Status yellow rain and wind warnings are to come into effect for Galway from tonight

The rainfall warning covers from 9 tonight until 9 tomorrow morning, and applies to Mayo also

The wind warning, which applies to Galway, Donegal, Mayo, Clare and Kerry starts at 10 tonight and lasts until 7 tomorrow morning

The dual warning has been issued by Met Eireann and warns of accumulations of 20 40 mm of rain, with higher accumulations in mountainous areas.

This will bring a risk of localised flooding and heightened risk of flash flooding in mountainous areas.

The wind warning says south to southwest winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 km/h with gusts of 90 to 110 km/h and that winds speeds may be higher in coastal and exposed areas.

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Average age of COVID cases in Galway is the youngest in the country

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average age of COVID-19 cases in Galway is the youngest in the country by a significant margin.

Figures from the CSO also show that the number of Covid-19 cases being confirmed in Galway every week, that are linked to outbreaks, has quadrupled in the past month.

Overall, there has now been 1,743 cases of Covid-19 confirmed in Galway to date, with a median age of 26.

That’s the lowest in the country by a considerable margin, with Limerick at 35 and Sligo and Waterford at 37.

The highest figure is in Mayo, with a median age of 47.

Meanwhile, there’s also been a major surge in the number of weekly cases in Galway that are linked to outbreaks of the virus.

For the week ending September 18th, 43 new cases across the county were identified as being linked to an outbreak.

By October 16th, that had risen to 178 confirmed cases linked to outbreaks in Galway over the course of the week.

During that time, there’s also been a rise of over 600 percent in the overall number of confirmed cases being reported in Galway every week.

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7 further deaths from COVID-19 and 777 new cases – Galway has country’s second highest number of new cases for second day in a row

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 7 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, all occurred in October.

There has been a total of 1,878 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Thursday 22nd October the HPSC has been notified of 777 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 55,261* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 434 are men / 340 are women
  • 66% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 182 in Dublin, 81 in Galway, 44 in Wexford, 42 in Meath, 41 in Cork and the

remaining 387 cases are spread across 21 remaining counties.

As of 2pm today 319 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 37 are in ICU. 24 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “15,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the last 14 days. It is vital for everyone with a recent diagnosis to self-isolate for the full 10 days to protect the people they live with, the people they love and people in their communities from this highly infectious disease. Self-isolate means stay at home, stay in your room as much as possible, stay away from other people, including those in your household.

“If you live with someone who has COVID-19 or you have been told that you are a close contact, you must restrict your movements for a full 14 days. Stay at home – don’t go to work, don’t go to school.

“I appeal to everyone to behave as though you are a close contact. Stay at home, other than for essential reasons. Now is the time to use our reserves of energy and dig deep in our efforts to follow the public health advice – keep your distance, wash your hands and wear a face covering. Play your part to break the chains of transmission across families, neighbours and communities.”

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

ENDS//

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 8 confirmed cases. The figure of 55,261 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 22 October 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 22OCT2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population 09OCT2020 to 22OCT2020)New Cases during last 14 days (09OCT2020 to 22OCT2020)
IRELAND777306.114,578
Cavan311,058.1806
Meath42661.91,291
Westmeath37451.7401
Monaghan14408.9251
Sligo27407.4267
Galway81373.2963
Cork41327.71,779
Wexford44321.9482
Donegal20312.2497
Clare30311.4370
Longford15310.7127
Kildare28304.7678
Limerick37302.2589
Louth<5283.2365
Leitrim8277.789
Roscommon11269.6174
Dublin182257.73,472
Kerry15255.2377
Carlow<5242.4138
Mayo24242.1316
Offaly13225.8176
Laois13219.6186
Waterford14176.5205
Kilkenny5174.3173
Wicklow25143.2204
Tipperary16126.6202
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