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Flooding fear for Galway as Storm Helene approaches

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are fears Galway and other parts of the country could experience flooding overnight as ex Hurricane Helene moves in from the Atlantic.
A yellow rain warning is in place for Galway and Mayo – but it could be extended to more counties as the storm moves closer.
Up to 40 millimetres of rain is forecast in parts of the West.

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Over 2,000 healthcare staff receive vaccine at centre at Ballybrit racecourse

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 2,200 healthcare staff will have received their vaccine at the vaccination centre in Galway Racecourse in Ballybrit by this evening.

The vaccination centre in the east of the city is now approaching one full week of operation.

It began operations last Thursday with the rollout of the COVID-19 injection to healthcare staff across Galway.

Jean Kelly, who has operational responsibility for the vaccination Centre at Ballybrit, says the team will continue to administer first and second doses to healthcare staff including hospital staff, community staff and other healthcare workers.

Staff at the centre will then identify and resolve any minor issues that may arise before it will be used as a vaccination centre for the wider public.

Jean Kelly told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the process takes approximately 20 minutes.

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Galway’s COVID-19 incidence rate down by one third

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 incidence rate has dropped by almost a third week-on-week.

The 14-day infection rate in the city and county now stands at 236.8 with 611 cases of the virus notified over the last fortnight.

That’s down from 327.4 since last Wednesday – a drop of 27%.

It comes as confirmed cases of the virus in Galway’s hospitals are continuing to decline.

There are 14 COVID-19 patients in the city and county today – with 10 at UHG and four in Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

Six of these patients are receiving care in ICU – with five at UHG and one at Portiuncula Hospital.

Nationwide, the number of patients with Covid-19 in hospitals has fallen by more than 65 percent in the past month.

However, Dr. David Nabarro from the World Health Organisation says eliminating COVID-19 from Ireland is not realistic for the near future.

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Minister questioned in Seanad over major delays for new national school in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister has come under pressure over what has been described as a a multi-decade delay in providing a new school building for Ballinasloe National School.

Speaking in the Seanad, Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said Scoil an Chroí Naofa has been waiting 20 years for a purpose built facility.

She noted that planning was granted in 2011 and an extension was approved in 2016, yet there’s still been very little progress.

Senator Dolan argued that generations of children are passing through school buildings that date back to the 1930s and 1960s.

Currently, the project is at Stage 2(b), which is detailed design.

Senator Dolan said the whole project from start to finish should take around 5 years, yet decades later there’s been little progress.

Speaking in response, Minister Josepha Madigan acknowledged it was ‘extraordinary’ that the project has not come to fruitition despite the multi-decade timeline.

She said she understood the frustration involved and pledged to raise the issue with Minister Norma Foley.

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