Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Department of Health says that every effort is being made to achieve a fair and sustainable solution for all school-leavers with intellectual disabilities in Galway and nationwide.
The commitment comes as Galway Brothers of Charity is now meeting with the families of 13 intellectually disabled school-leavers to discuss their future training opportunities, four of whom have very significant needs.
The service provider estimates that a budget of 419 thousand euro would be required to provide the adequate five-day service.
However, it’s working with funding of 109 thousand euro, leaving a 310 thousand euro shortfall with particular impact on the four school leavers with the most significant needs.
The Department of Health concedes that some places offered to individuals will be based on current capacity and will not fully address individuals’ requirements.
It adds that individuals who are not allocated a place that fully meets their needs will be wait-listed for the remaining element of service.
Galway, Mayo and Roscommon only 3 counties to see increase in cases in last week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway, Mayo and Roscommon are the only three counties nationwide to record increases in COVID-19 cases in the last week.
The HSE has warned that while all other counties nationwide are seeing a decline in case numbers, the West is seeing a continued rise.
The 14 day incidence rate in Galway stands at 1095 per 100,000, 1635 in Mayo and 925 in Roscommon.
An analysis of the 7 day incidence rate has shown that cases are still on the rise in these areas.
Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health with HSE West told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the West region is still in a situation of growth which is extremely concerning….
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Water outage in west side of city
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Households and businesses in the west of the city are without water today.
It’s due to a burst watermain on the Letteragh Road.
Irish Water says crews are working to repair the significant burst as quickly and as safely as possible.
Repairs are expected to be completed by 7 this evening.
Areas affected include Salthill, Lower Salthill, Dominick Street and West End of City Centre, Newcastle, University Road, St Mary’s Road, Taylor’s Hill, Kingston and southern end of Knocknacarra and surrounding areas.
The public is advised that supply to UHG is independent and will remain unaffected by the incident.
143 cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today as pressure continues on the health service nationwide.
131 Coronavirus patients are being treated at UHG, while 12 patients are attending Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.
The intensive care unit at UHG is treating 10 COVID-19 patients – with two patients being treated for the virus in the ICU at Portiuncula Hospital.
It comes as over 2,000 people with COVID-19 are being treated in Irish hospitals for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
HSE CEO Paul Reid says healthcare workers are trying hard to remain in control.
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