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Deputy O Cuiv questions lack of Irish language proficiency by Gardai in Galway Gaeltacht

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Dáil has heard that many Gardai stationed in the Galway Gaeltacht are unable to conduct their roles through Irish.
The matter was raised by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv, who asked the Justice Minister to commit to addressing the situation.
He said every Garda stationed in the Connemara Gaeltacht – including up to superintendent level – should be fluent in the Irish language.
Deputy O’ Cuiv also asked for clarification on plans to relocate the superintendent position from Clifden to the city, under a new national policing model.
Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv told the Justice Minister that Connemara is a distinct region and should be treated as such.
Speaking in response, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan was not drawn on the future of the superintendent in Clifden – but denied the Government was pursuing a policy of stripping rural areas of services.
However, Minister Flanagan offered that they are committed to the Irish language and pledged to look into its use in the Gaeltacht.

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1,392 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,392* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 288 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 73 are in ICU.

The five day moving average is 1,311.

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Three areas in Galway have Covid-19 incidence rate above national average

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three areas in Galway currently have a Covid-19 incidence rate above the national average of 413 cases per 100 thousand people.

The highest figure is Galway City East at 541, followed by Connemara North at 459 and Tuam at 458.

Galway City Central is just below the national average at 401, while Galway City West now stands at 363 cases per 100 thousand.

Elsewhere, the figure for Gort Kinvara is 323, Athenry-Oranmore is 247, Connemara South is 239, Ballinasloe is 192, and Loughrea is 185.

Nationally, the Monaghan local area has the highest figure nationwide – with an incidence rate of 1,255 cases per 100 thousand people.

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Approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has granted approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue.

The development is led by crown Square Developments Ltd and would be located at Monivea Road and Joyces Road.

The development consists of several blocks of varying heights – the tallest buildings will have ten floors and stand 30 metres above ground level at Monivea Road.

The project includes 240 two-bed units, 86 single-bed units, and 19 three-bed units.

Also in the plans is a commercial scheme which will feature retail and pharmacy units, a fitness and leisure centre, a primary care medical centre and a creche.

Access and parking arrangements for the proposed housing would be integrated with the office and hotel development authorised on the western part of the site, which’ll also have parking space for 1,200 bicycles.

An Bord Pleanála has now approved the plans with 19 conditions attached.

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