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Fine Gael selects European candidates for the West




Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fine Gael MEPs Jim Higgins and Mairead McGuinness have been selected to contest the European elections for the North/Midlands/West constituency.

The party held its convention in Athlone this afternoon.

MEP Higgins was selected today after being proposed by Leitrim Councillor, John McCartin, and seconded by Galway Senator, Hildegarde Naughton.

He said he looks forward to working with the people of this vast and diverse constituency.

MEP McGuinness was proposed by party Chairman Deputy Charlie Flanagan and seconded by Deputy Joe McHugh.

She told the convention that she had every confidence that Fine Gael can win two seats in the constituency.  

The European elections take place on May 23rd.

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Galway TD receives assurances on protection of farm assets through Nursing Home Bill




Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East Independent TD Sean Canney has received an assurance from Tánaiste Leo Varadakar that a Nursing Home Bill will be b

rought forward by summer which aims to protect family farms and businesses.

The Nursing Home Support Scheme Bill was introduced in 2019 with the aim of providing additional safeguards for future generations of family farmers and business owners who may have family members in nursing homes under the ‘Fair Deal’ scheme.

The purpose of the bill is to cap contributions based on farm and business assets at three years, where a family successor commits to working the productive asset.

Deputy Canney says the Tánaiste has assured him that the legislation will be introduced very soon…

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Deferral of outpatient clinics at UHG and Portiuncula to continue




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Saolta Hospital Group says face to face outpatients clinics will continue to be deferred at UHG and Portiuncula Hospital.

Earlier this month, all but very urgent and time critical inpatient and day surgery were curtailed due to pressure on both hospitals.

Saolta says the continued deferrals are in light of the very significant pressure in the hospitals caused by COVID-19 and high community infection rates.

It says it understands the situation is disappointing and frustrating for patients, but it is an important measure to enable hospitals to maintain critical and emergency services.

While outpatient clinics will be restricted, some clinics may take place virtually unless it is absolutely necessary for patients to be seen.

Saolta says the deferrals will continue for a further two weeks and the situation will be kept under review.

Patients are being notified directly if their outpatient appointment is affected.

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90 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, and 928 new cases, 53 in Galway




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 90 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

89* deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 83 years and the age range is 48-99 years.

There has been a total of 3,066** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Monday 25th January, the HPSC has been notified of 928 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 189,851 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 418 are men / 506 are women
  • 50% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 44 years old
  • 257 in Dublin, 115 in Cork, 71 in Louth, 53 in Galway, 45 in Limerick and the remaining 387 cases are spread across all other counties*** 

As of 2pm today, 1,750 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 216 are in ICU. 65 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“Today we are reporting a further 90 deaths, bringing our cumulative total of lives lost to COVID-19 to more than 3,000 in Ireland. This highly infectious disease is having a severe impact on the most vulnerable in our society and we must continue the good work we are doing to suppress it.

“The decline in daily incidence of COVID-19 has begun, however the volume of disease in our communities remains very high. To date we have reported 96,000 cases in January 2021, which has already passed the total of 93,500 cases reported in 2020. Indeed, public health doctors in the Midlands reported a total of 4,000 cases in the first 8 months of 2020 and another 4,000 cases in the first four weeks of 2021.

“Through our enhanced public health surveillance programme, we have identified 6 additional cases linked to the Southern African variant of concern. All cases are being followed up by public health teams in line with the latest ECDC guidance published on the 21st January.

“The downturn in incidence has been achieved through the determination of people across the country to stay at home, to work from home and to avoid meeting and socialising with others. It is imperative that everyone continues to strictly adhere to the public health advice to protect ourselves and our loved ones from this highly-infectious disease.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.


*There is one death where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 3,066 deaths reflects this.

***County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 25 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 25Jan2021)5-Day Moving Average of New Cases~ (to 25Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 25Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 25Jan2021)
Ireland9281,591 721.1 34,336
Monaghan2750 1,475.9 906
Louth7179 1,139.0 1,468
Carlow3626 964.3 549
Waterford3767 953.7 1,108
Mayo3148 841.3 1,098
Dublin257521 839.2 11,307
Wexford1670 834.2 1,249
Limerick4562 781.9 1,524
Cavan721 737.8 562
Donegal3839 712.3 1,134
Meath3968 700.9 1,367
Offaly2032 691.4 539
Cork115162 689.9 3,745
Kildare2458 631.4 1,405
Galway5365 616.1 1,590
Laois917 591.5 501
Tipperary1944 559.7 893
Clare1525 536.1 637
Wicklow1632 464.1 661
Kilkenny918 427.3 424
Sligo517 408.9 268
Westmeath1120 397.7 353
Longford612 384.1 157
Kerry1925 381.8 564
Roscommon<57 373.4 241
Leitrim<56 268.4 86

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

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