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Exploratory work underway at Meelick Weir

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Exploratory works are now underway at Meelick Weir in South Galway.
Planning permission for the upgrade of the weir was granted last year after it was damaged by flooding.
160 thousand euro was secured to purchase piles to support the weir and walkway and major work is expected to begin in 2019.
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Number of COVID-19 patients in Galway ICUs down 66%

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The number of COVID-19 patients in Galway’s ICUs is down 66% week-on-week.

There are just two patients being treated for the virus in the intensive care unit at UHG today for the second day in row – while the ICU at Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe currently has no Coronavirus patients.

These represent the lowest COVID-19 figures in Galway’s ICUs since the start of January.

It comes as Coronavirus hospitalisation in the city and county continue to decline.

10 patients are being treated for the virus in Galway’s acute hospitals today – with 8 at UHG and two at Portiuncula hospital.

Nationwide there are 420 COVID-19 patients in hospital today, including 103 in ICU.

Chief Operations Officer of the HSE, Dr Colm Henry says the benefits of the vaccine roll-out has already been seen.

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Study examining children’s health over 20 year period launched at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A study, which examined indicators of children’s health and wellbeing over a 20 year period, has today been launched at NUI Galway.

The Health Behaviours in School-aged Children Trends Report conducted surveys with 10 to 17 year old students nationwide between 1998 and 2018.

The HBSC report is divided into three sections: health behaviours, health outcomes and the social context of children’s lives.

From the start of the study in 1998, to its end in 2018, there was a huge drop in the number of children who smoked – as well as those who had their first drink at age 13 or younger.

The rate of vigorous exercise was unchanged, but there was a considerable increase in children who reported being on a diet or trying to lose weight.

There was also a significant increase in children who feel low every week or frequently in the past six months, while there was also a slight increase in children who don”t have high life satisfaction.

However over the 20 year period there was a very sharp rise in young people feeling they could talk to their friends or their parents about problems – particularly in relation to their fathers.

Meanwhile, there was a slight drop in the number of young people aged 15-17 who reported they’ve had sex – but condom use is also down considerably.

While the number of children who liked school increased slightly, there was a bigger rise in the amount of young people who felt pressured by school work.

Elsewhere, and rates of fruit consumption and the brushing of teeth more than once a day were up considerably – while consistent seatbelt use almost doubled between 1998 and 2018.

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200 Galway renters contact Threshold about unreturned deposits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 200 Galway renters contacted Threshold about unreturned deposits throughout 2020.

According to the housing charity, 196 residents in the city and county made deposit retention queries last year.

This figure accounts for 14% of all deposit queries last year, while nationwide the amount of people who contacted the charity in relation to the concern increased by 40%.

Threshold estimates that private landlords across the country are holding up to €250,000 in deposits.

The charity is calling on the Government to enact a deposit protection scheme which was outlined in the 2011 programme for Government.

The scheme would allow rental deposits to be held by a third party, such as the Residential Tenancies Board, instead of by private landlords.

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