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Future of derelict Portumna hotel to be determined following arbitration case

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The future of the derelict Shannon Oaks Hotel in Portumna is to be determined following an arbitration case to be heard in September.

The three star south Galway hotel was badly damaged by a fire in September 2011.

At the time, a team of up to 60 full and part-time staff were let go until operations could resume.

Galway East Labour Senator Lorraine Higgins held a meeting with the recievers Grant Thornton today (Apr 26) and sought clarity on future plans for the facility.

She has been informed that an arbitration hearing will take place in September between the bank reciever and the insurance company.

Senator Higgins told FYI Galway that the receiver is also open to ideas from the local Chamber of Commerce on how the facility can be progressed in the future.

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HSE says all maternity units will be compliant with guidelines on partners in coming week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE’s Chief Clinical Officer has said all maternity units will be compliant with HSE guidelines on partners in the coming week.

Dr Colm Henry admitted there has been problems – particularly around infrastructure in some of the units.

Many couples are still reporting not being able to be together during very difficult stages of pregnancy.

The HSE’s Dr Colm Henry says the latest guidelines will be in place across the board within a week.

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Covid incidence rate in city centre 3 times higher than national average

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The incidence rate of Covid-19 in the city centre is now three times higher than the national average.

The 14-day rate per 100 thousand people in the area is 1,033 – compared to the national average of 344.

Meanwhile, Galway City East is 639 and Galway City West is 528.

Elsewhere, and Connemara South is 370, Loughrea is 357, Athenry-Oranmore is 344, Tuam is 340, Connemara North is 308, Ballinasloe is 285, Gort-Kinvara is 255.

Nationally, the highest 14-day incidence rate is in Co. Donegal – with the Carndonagh local electoral area is over eight times the national average.

Carndonagh’s is by far the highest in the country, at 2,800.

Neighbouring Buncrana is the second hardest hit area in the country, with a rate of 1,476.

That’s followed by Galway City Central, with 1,034, Westport with 958, and Donegal LEA at 955.

New international data has also been published by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

It shows Ireland has the seventh highest 14-day incidence rate in the EU – with Cyprus by far the worst, with 1,514 per 100,000 population.

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Senior Cabinet Minister to visit Galway today for series of engagements

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Senior Cabinet Minister Heather Humpreys is set to visit Galway today for a two-day series of engagements.

The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Minister for Social Protection, and temporary Minister for Justice, will embark on a series of engagements from this morning.

Minister Heather Humpreys will start her two-day visit with a tour of Aerfort Chonamara in Inverin.

She’ll then visit Inis Óirr to view the pier and engage with local groups, before travelling to Inis Meáin for further engagement with the local community.

She’ll return to the mainland this afternoon for a range of events – including the launch of a tourism marketing campaign for Connemara and the islands, a sod turning on Doire Iorrais Bridge, and the opening of a laboratory space in the gteic hub in An Spidéal.

Tomorrow morning, Minister Humphreys will also visit the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry before making her way to Knockdoemore to view the Lackagh Walking Trail.

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