Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are continuing to battle a major gorse fire in Barna this morning.
The blaze broke out at around lunchtime yesterday at Truskey West.
Several units of the fire brigade have been working throughout the night to contain the fire, which broke out at the rear of the Twelve Hotel in the early afternoon.
There is considerable smoke in the area and residents are advised to close all windows and doors while the incident is being dealt with.
However, emergency services say there is no threat to commercial property or residential areas.
Road closures were in place for a time on the Barna to Moycullen Road to facilitate fire crews but have since been lifted.
There was heavy demand on emergency services last evening with a number of fires reported across Connemara – including on the Aran Islands.
However, the blaze in Barna is now the sole focus of fire crews this morning who continue to work to contain the fire.
3 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, 335 new cases, 8 in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 3 additional deaths related to COVID-19.
There has been a total of 2,036 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Wednesday 25th November, the HPSC has been notified of 335 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 71,494* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 162 are men / 171 are women
- 64% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
- 119 in Dublin, 29 in Kilkenny, 23 in Limerick, 20 in Donegal, 19 in Tipperary, 19 in Cork, with the remaining 106 spread across 19 other counties.
As of 2pm today 246 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 35 are in ICU. 15 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
*Validation of data at the HPSC led to the denotification of 28 confirmed cases. The figure of 71,494 confirmed cases reflects this.
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Galway TD introduces Dáil bill to strengthen lobbying rules
Galway West Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell has introduced a bill in the Dáil to strengthen regulation against lobbying.
Introducing the bill, Deputy Farrell said poor public standards lead to poor democratic systems – and that events in recent months prove the need for increased regulation.
Reviews on lobbying regulations were carried out in 2016 and 2019, and recommendations were made by the Standards in Public Office Commision.
However, Deputy Farrell contended the Government has ignored these recommendations and has no interest in implementing them.
However, Minister for Public Expenditure, Michael McGrath, said he needed time as a new Minister to have a fresh look at the recommendations from 2016 and 2019.
He tabled an amendment which was accepted in the Dáil last evening, which means a waiting time of 9 months before the bill can be read a second time.
Deputy Farrell has expressed disappointment at the development and says it’s shaping up to be another can-kicking exercise by the Government – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5
HSE criticised over lack of home help hours across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE is being criticised over a considerable shortfall in home help hours across Galway.
The matter was raised by Councillor Declan McDonnell at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West.
He wanted to know how many people are awaiting home help hours and if there is a staff shortfall in providing these hours.
In response, it was acknowledged that the HSE is currently ‘challenged’ in sourcing carers for home support clients in some rural areas.
It was also confirmed that 39 clients are currently on the waiting list across Galway for home support.
Councillor McDonnell says even those who ARE getting home help at present, are often barely getting an hour per day – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…