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Fractious first meeting of new city council

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The new Mayor of Galway Donal Lyons has prioritised winning the City of Culture 2020 and tackling the housing crisis for his year in office
The Independent councillor was elected last night under a pact between the 4 Fine Gael, 2 Labour and 5 independent members but the power arrangement led to a fractious first meeting
The voting pact allowed Cllr Lyons to see off the challenge of new councillor Mairead Farrell of Sinn Fein by 12 votes to 6
Although Fianna Fail cllr Peter Keane told the chamber of his party’s disgust at the manner in which the pact was put together, echoing similar proclamations by his party colleagues during the week, he voted with the pact in the mayoral election
It’s understood that he wanted to support Cllr Lyons as a fellow Knocknacarra resident despite his misgivings about the power arrangement
This caused a split in the party vote because Fianna Fail’s Ollie and Michael Crowe
supported Cllr Farrell along with her two fellow party councillors and Independent Catherine Connolly
The deep rooted bitterness felt by Fianna Fail, who were part of the pact in the old council, trickled down into the voting in of committee members later in the meeting
and presenting the Mayor with a difficult first meeting to chair.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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