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Eyrecourt public meeting to discuss post office closures across East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in Eyrecourt this evening to discuss the closure of post offices in East Galway.
The meeting has been organised by Loughrea area Councillor Jimmy McClearn and will be attended by Oireachtas members and local representatives.
It’s the latest in a series of public meetings which have been called following an announcement from An Post that 160 rural branches are to close nationwide.
18 of these are located across Galway – where postmasters will retire and their business will be transferred to neighbouring post offices.
This evening’s public meeting will focus on planned closures in Eyrecourt, Kylebrack and New Inn – it’ll take place at Eyrecourt Community Centre at 8.30.
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Galway’s five day COVID-19 rate still significantly higher than neighbouring counties in West

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The five day COVID-19 case average in Galway is reducing but is still significantly higher than neigbouring counties in the West.

Galway’s 5-day average stands at 39, while Mayo has a rate of 17 and Roscommon has a rate of 7.

The 14 day infection rate in Galway stands at 258, while the rate in Mayo stands at 232 and 114 in Roscommon.

Director of Public Health for the HSE West Dr. Breda Smyth says the rollout of vaccines and the gradual reopening of schools is providing some much needed hope.

However she has appealed to parents across the city and county not to congregate at school gates at drop off or collection and to wear a face covering.

Dr. Smyth says restrictions cannot be eased further until daily case numbers in Galway and other counties are reducing further – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Low number of Covid-19 patients at Galway hospitals remains stable over recent days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The low number of people being treated for Covid-19 at Galway’s public hospitals has remained stable in recent days.

There are currently 12 people being treated at UHG, of whom 5 are in the ICU.

While at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there are 6 patients being treated for the virus, with a single patient in ICU.

The figure for UHG is 50 percent lower than this day last week, while the figure for Portiuncula is a very slight increase of 2 patients.

It comes as nationally, the number of patients across the hospital system with Covid-19 has fallen below 500 for the first time in 2021.

Professor Philip Nolan, who chairs NPHET’s modelling group, says key indicators show Ireland’s coming to the end of this period of the pandemic.

But he says while our numbers are moving in the right direction, progress is slow…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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Slight drop in Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a very slight drop in the number of people claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment across Galway.

25,082 people will claim the payment today – a drop of over 200 people compared to this day last week.

Nationally, almost 469 thousand people will receive the PUP payment this week, a drop of 4,500 on last week.

All employment sectors – except Electrical/Gas/Water Supply – have seen fewer people claim the payment this week.

While Accommodation and Food Service Activities remains the most supported sector, with 110 thousand people across the country receiving the PUP.

Overall, €140m will be paid into bank accounts today

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