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Fianna Fail selects two sitting councillors to contest Tuam area local election

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fianna Fáil has selected sitting Councillors Mary Hoade and Donagh Killilea to contest the upcoming local election in the Tuam Municipal District.

Over 100 delegates attended a selection convention at the Corralea Court Hotel in Tuam last night. *

Former TD Colm Keaveney had initially indicated that he would put his name forward for selection, however he withdrew before the convention last night.

Three names went forward – Councillors Hoade and Killilea and Milltown-native businessman Joe Sheridan.

After a vote, Councillors Hoade and Killilea were selected to contest the election.

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Further support for local radio as Minister recognises crucial role stations play in the Covid-19 crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Communications Minister has announced funding of 2 and a half million euro for the commercial independent radio sector.

Richard Bruton says local and independent radio stations have a crucial role to play in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It’s after he announced earlier this week the Broadcasting Levy payable by the radio sector would be waived for the first six months of the year, saving local radio and independent stations around 1 million euro.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Sean Canney says local radio is a vital service in the current crisis.

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Galway Minister warns government flights from Australia are the last chance for Irish people to come home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Government organised flights from Australia to Ireland over the coming days will be the last chance for Irish citizens to return home for quite a while.

That’s according to Minister for the Diaspora and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon, who says the Department of Foreign Affairs is working around the clock to bring home those stuck abroad due to coronavirus travel restrictions.

There are approximately 1,000 Irish people currently left in Australia with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade chartering several flights from major Australian cities over the next few days.

Flights will depart from Sydney tomorrow Saturday and on Monday, flights from Melbourne will leave tomorrow and Sunday, while a flight from Brisbane has been scheduled to depart on Tuesday.

The fights from Australia are being organised by private travel agent, Hannon Travel and cost over 1,700 euro.

The company can be contacted by emailing info@hannontravel.com.

Minister Cannon says the flights are the last opportunity for a while for Irish people to return home from Australia.

Elsewhere, Over 130 Irish backpackers and tourists have been stuck in Peru since a state of emergency was declared as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak and all borders were closed.

After negotiations between the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Peruvian government, diplomatic clearance has now been given for a repatriation flight back to Ireland in the next few days.

Minister Cannon says the Department of Foreign Affairs is working with embassies across the world to get Irish people home as quickly as possible.

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Essential surgical procedures at Galway’s public hospitals to transfer to Galway’s private hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Essential surgical procedures scheduled for Galway’s public hospitals are to be transferred to Galway’s private hospitals from next week.

That’s according to public hospitals authority Saolta, which says a number of services will be moved out of hospitals which have emergency departments.

Time dependent surgeries, and other critical activities, are being moved out of UHG, Merlin Park and Portiuncula Hospitals, as preparations continue to deal with the full impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

It’s understood critical patients will be moved to the private hospitals from next week – with specific medical and rehabilitation appointments to follow in due course.

This week, the Health Minister announced that the Government would be bringing private hospitals under its control to deal with the Covid-19 emergency.

Saolta Chief Operations Officer Ann Cosgrove says the health service is relying on the public’s continued cooperation in tackling the virus – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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