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Feasibility report published on Gort Lowlands Flood Relief scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The long awaited feasibility report on the Gort Lowlands Flood Relief Scheme has been published with the assessment confirming that flood risk is widespread and significant throughout the Gort Lowlands and is exacerbated by the prolonged flood risk duration characteristic of groundwater floodplains.

The 103 page report states proposed works under the scheme include flood alleviation channels and culverts, flow control structures, road raising and flood relief roads, existing culvert and channel upgrade and maintenance.

Focus areas include Thoor Ballylee Castle, Crowe Street and Gort Bridge, Labane North, Labane South and Ballinduff Upper, Cockstown, Tullira, Termon and Roo.

The report states that the extensive nature of the flood risk is such that it potentially threatens the viability of rural communities and businesses throughout the Gort Lowlands area.

It adds that the flood risk to farm building complexes could potentially cause a significant environmental impact including polluting of the groundwater sourced public water supplies and the many special areas of conservation.

It’s also stated that the flood risk at Thoor Ballylee, Kiltartan Church and Coole Park has the potential to impact on the internationally important cultural heritage of the South Galway Region.

The direct cost for construction works is estimated at €14 million.

A public consultation will take place from this Friday and will run until April 3rd.

Local councillor Joe Byrne says the publication of the report is momentous for the people of South Galway as it clearly defines the road map for flood mitigation works.

He’s encouraging all those impacted to engage with the public consultation process.

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Boil Water Notice for Teeranea/Lettermore businesses and residents remains in place

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water and Galway County Council would like to remind customers supplied by the Teeranea/Lettermore Pubic Water Supply that the Boil Water Notice issued for the supply on February 20th remains in place.

This is due to ongoing operational and mechanical issues at the water treatment plant that have resulted in the treatment process being compromised.

The notice also applies to the Lettercallow Group Water Scheme.

Over 900 customers who are supplied by the Teeranea/Lettermore Public Water Supply and the Lettercallow Group Water Scheme are advised that they must boil their water before drinking and preparing food.

Once tap water is boiled and cooled it will be safe for consumption.

Commenting, Tim O’Connor, Irish Water’s Asset Operations Lead said: “Public health is Irish Water’s number one priority. The notice has been put in place to protect customers due to ongoing operational and mechanical issues at the plant. Irish Water and Galway County Council Process Optimisation experts have been working on site this week, and improvements to the treatment process will be implemented in the next 10 days.

“We are aware of the impact that this notice is having on the area affected and thank our customers in advance for their patience and cooperation while we work as safely and as efficiently as possible under the current COVID-19 restrictions to improve the operations at the plant.

“We advise customers in the affected areas to adhere to the Boil Water Notice until further notice. We will continue to work closely with Galway County Council and the HSE to monitor the plant and lift the notice when it is safe to do so and safeguard the supply for the future. We will issue a further update as soon as more information is available.”

The water is safe for all other applications including personal hygiene, bathing and flushing of toilets.

In line with HSE COVID-19 advice and the requirement for frequent hand washing, Irish Water advises that the water remains suitable for this purpose and boiling the water is not required.

Irish Water is working closely with Galway County Council to lift the notice as quickly as it is safe to do so.

Updates will be available on our Water Supply Updates section on water.ie, on Twitter @IWCare and via our customer care helpline, open 24/7 on 1850 278 278.

Further information in relation to the boil water notice is available from https://www.water.ie/water-supply/water-quality/boil-water-notice/

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Supports announced for Galway workers re-entering post-pandemic jobs market

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Community development companies in the city and county have announced supports for workers re-entering the post-pandemic jobs market.

Galway Rural Development and Galway City Partnership have launched a revised range of online courses providing marketable qualifications.

Both groups manage the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme for the county – with online training becoming a key function of the scheme.

The new courses, which are offered through the SICAP programme, will focus on the specific qualifications that will be in demand post-COVID19 – such as IT and online skills.

As well as tailored training, both companies will assist with job applications, updated CVs and interview skills.

More information about the training programmes is available on the Galway Rural Development and Galway City Partnership websites.

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HIQA Inspection finds staffing issues at Mountbellew Nursing Home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A HIQA inspection of Mountbellew Nursing Home has identified issues with staffing.

It found that in the event of an outbreak of Covid-19, there was inadequate nursing staff to ensure residents were cared for in line with health guidelines.

However, the issue has since been addressed through the recruitment of additional nurses

The inspection, carried out in November, found the unit was compliant or substantially compliant with 14 out of 16 criteria.

It found the centre was well-maintained with good facilities, and interactions between staff and residents were positive and engaging.

However it identified issues with staffing – with the inspector finding that at the time of inspection, it did not allow for two nurse-led teams.

This meant in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, one nurse would have to provide care to all residents, increasing the risk of infection.

Management said this was due to difficulty in recruiting nursing staff.

In response to the assessment, they said two additional full time nursing staff had been recruited, while a third was due to start in late December.

It also noted that two retired nurses were on stand-by to work in the event of sick leave, holiday leave or an outbreak of Covid-19.

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