Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway distillery is to pause normal operations and begin producing hand sanitiser in an effort to combat local shortages amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Micil Distillery will now produce antibacterial hand sanitiser at it’s Salthill base, with the finished product to be sold at close to cost price.
The local distillery also plans to donate hand sanitiser to those who cannot afford to pay.
The Salthill based company has excise duties on on spirits waived by Revenue, the HSE and The Department of Agriculture, allowing them to commence making the vital product from next week.
The company’s decision to begin producing hand sanitiser is the first time in 170 years that the Micil family has stopped distilling poitín.
Micil Distillery owner and founder Pádraic Ó Griallais says they’ll provide Micil Hand Sanitiser to essential businesses that are still open to the public.
Executive Director of WHO programme addresses NUIG conferring of 190 future doctors
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme has delivered an inspiring address to NUI Galway’s online conferring of 190 future doctors.
Dr Mike Ryan, an NUIG graduate of the class of 1988 asked the new graduates to ‘protect themselves, others and serve those in need’.
The Newcastle based university hosted an online conferring ceremony for the School of Medicine today due to COVID 19 restrictions.
The Health Minister Simon Harris also addressed the graduation ceremony via video link and told NUIG’s 2020 Medicine class to “come work with us.”
Executive Director at the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme Dr Mike Ryan urged the medicine class to join the battle against COVID-19.
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Roscommon/Galway TD urges government to consider proposal for development of template for cloth face coverings
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon/Galway TD is calling on the National Public Health Emergency Team to consider a proposal on the wearing of home-made cloth face coverings in public and work areas.
According to the HSE, face coverings are unlikely to be of any benefit to the public unless a person is sick.
The Regional Group of Independent TDs, of which Roscommon/Galway Deputy Denis Naughten is chair, says cloth face coverings could prevent cough and sneeze droplet spread.
The group has pointed to new evidence from the Centre for Disease Control in the US, which recommends wearing face coverings in public settings.
The Regional Group argues that the Government’s “Community Call” programme should consider taking the lead in providing face masks templates to the public so that they can be made at home.
It has moved to stress the masks would not be akin to those reserved and worn by frontline heathcare workers.
Deputy Naughten says wearing cloth masks could allow some people to return to work, while continuing to observe social distancing….
NUIG Professor Alan Ahearne cites reasons for cautious optimism after coronavirus
Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway’s Professor Alan Ahearne says there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the economy after the coronavirus.
Alan Ahearne is Director of the Whitaker Institute and Professor of Economics at the university.
He also served as Special Adviser to Ireland’s former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan from 2009 to 2011
Professor Ahearne says there are some reasons for optimism as it’s not a typical recession.