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Drain maintenance scheme for South Galway this summer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A drain maintenance scheme is to be carried out in South Galway this summer to assist in flood relief efforts.

Minster Brian Hayes who has special responsibility for the Office of Public Works announced the works when he attended a meeting with concerned locals in Ardrahan today.

The area and many neighbouring areas of South Galway were devastated by floods in February following prolonged periods of heavy rainfall.

The Minister of State also traveled to Kilcolgan and Athenry during his tour of flood prone areas this morning.

Concerned residents were also advised that a new application is to be submitted to An Bord Pleanála by summer for the Dunkellin drainage scheme which is central to flood alleviation in the area.

Minister Hayes told our reporter Antoinette Giblin that the local authority will be supported by the OPW in carrying out the summer maintenance works in the interim.

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Irish Water and Galway City Council crews successfully repair major burst watermain in Galway City

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water and Galway City Council crews have successfully completed repairs to a burst watermain at the NUI Galway Campus.

The repairs were very complex due to the location of the burst on the NUIG Campus and the presence of many services over the watermain which had to be carefully excavated.

The repairs were completed at 6.30 this morning.

The watermain supplies the Clifton Hill and Tonabrucky reservoirs and affected customers in the west of the city including Knocknacarra, Barna, Moycullen and surrounding areas.

These area supplied from the Tonabruckey Reservoir may experience low pressure during the day and into the evening as reservoir levels recover.

In a statement released this morning, Irish Water said they understood the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanked customers for their patience while work was ongoing to repair the burst and as normal supply is returned to impacted customers.

The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact them on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.

For updates you are asked to see the water supply and services section of their website.

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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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