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€20m salmon farming contract for Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The salmon farming company, Marine Harvest, has signed a contract with a local company in Connemara for the processing of a projected 20 million euro worth of fish next year.
The processing company, Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teo, is based in Cill Chiaráin and it currently employs over 40 people.
Marine Harvest Ireland has 15 people employed at its base close to an Aird Mhóir in west Connemara where it began operations last year. The company is the largest producer of farmed salmon in Ireland.
The arrangements for processing locally has NOW been copper fastened in a contract between Marine Harvest and Cill Chiaráin Éisc Teo – a processing plant based in Cill Chiaráin.
Cill Chiaráin Éisc, which presently employes 45 people is part of ISPG, a marketing body for Irish organic farmed salmon.
The pumping of water by the Marine Harvest company from Loch an Oir – one of the sources for the local water scheme – to prevent and treat amoebic gill disease in salmon cages caused some controversy in the past month.
A formal application has now been made for planning permission for a pipeline from the lake.

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2,427 cases of Covid 19 reported nationally today.

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The Department of Health has confirmed a further 2,427 cases of Covid 19 today.

It’s the second highest daily total since late January.

There are 449 patients hospitalised with the virus – a decrease of six on yesterday.

93 patients are in ICU with the virus – up three since Friday.

Figures for Galway Hospitals released yesterday evening shows that Galway University Hospital has again the second highest number of Patients with covid 19 with 35.

Of that number 6 are in ICU.

In Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe, there are 11 in hospital with Covid 19.

Of that figure, 2 are in ICU.

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Irish Water crews successfully repair burst to a water main impacting customers in the Cleggan area

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council has successfully completed repairs following a burst to a watermain impacting customers in Cleggan, Claddaghduff, Aughrus, Fountainhill and surrounding areas in Co Galway.

Dedicated water service crews worked to repair the burst as quickly and as safely as possible and restore water to impacted customers. Normal water supply is retuning, however, it typically takes two to three hours following repairs for full supply to restore to all customers affected by an unplanned outage.

Irish Water in partnership with Galway County Council urges customers to continue to conserve water where possible to allow reservoir levels to restore and reduce the pressure on local supplies.

There are useful tips on conservation for homes and businesses on the Irish Water website at www.water.ie/conserve including: Take a shorter shower and save up to 10 litres of water per minute; When brushing your teeth or shaving, turn off the tap and save up to 6 litres of water per minute; Save and reuse collected water from baths, showers, and hand basins in the garden; Fix dripping taps or leaking toilets in your home; Report any leaks to Irish Water at 1800 278 278.

Speaking about the burst, Tim O’Connor, Irish Water, said: “Dedicated crews successfully carried out the repairs as quickly and efficiently as possible to minimise disruption to the area and restore water for all customers. We understand the inconvenience unplanned outages can have on customers and we appreciate your patience as we worked to return the water supply to homes and businesses as quickly and as safely as possible.”

There may be some temporary discolouration of water and occasionally issues such as internal airlocks may arise following an outage. For helpful tips on what to do following an outage, including clearing airlocks, visit the Irish Water at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-issues/following-an-outage.  

Irish Water understands the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanks customers for their patience while we worked to restore normal supply to impacted customers. The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact us on Twitter @IWCare with any queries. For updates, please visit the Water Supply Updates section of www.water.ie. 

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Galway gardai urge drivers to slow down behind the wheel this Bank Holiday weekend

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Drivers across County Galway are being urged to slow down behind the wheel this Bank Holiday weekend.

The Road Safety Authority says 5 people have been killed and 59 people seriously injured in October Bank Holiday collisions across the country between 2016-2020.

This weekend Gardai are urging motorists to reduce their speed and be mindful of vulnerable road users

Inspector Conor Madden, Divisional Roads Policing Inspector for Galway says Gardai will be out in force right across the city and county.

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