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Galway driver testers to strike

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway driver testers are to go on strike tomorrow afternoon as part of a national work stoppage.

The strike emanates from a row over the hiring of new contractors by the Road Safety Authority.

Trade union IMPACT says the move is in direct contravention of a Labour court ruling which recommended the recruitment of a reserve body of testers to avoid a backlog in test applications.

There are three testers based in the city, one in Loughrea and one in Tuam, while additional resources are also drafted in to cope with peak demand periods.

The 100 hundred testers nationwide are to withdraw services from 2 to 5:15 tomorrow afternoon.

Assistant General Secretary Denis Rohan says that they have no choice but to strike.

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LISTEN: Moycullen Native to be ordained in Galway Cathedral this afternoon

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Moycullen native will be ordained at Galway Cathedral this afternoon.

Originally from Knockauranny, John Gerard Acton will be ordained by Bishop Brendan Kelly at 3pm.

John Gerard studied business and communications at GMIT and worked in retail and hospitality for several years before beginning his six years of priestly formation at St. Patricks College in Maynooth.

He told Keith Finnegan that religion has been with him since a young age, but at times he felt he was trying to “run away” from his strong faith:

John Gerard is the son of Séamus and Maureen Acton and is the youngest of four siblings.

He also has extended family members serving in religious life.

John Gerard says his parents have always been very supportive, and were aware of his strong faith from a young age:

You can hear more from John Gerard Acton on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan on Tuesday, while Galway Bay fm news will feature coverage of the ordination this evening as part of the 5pm news.

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Moycullen welcomes home their Olympic Medallist this evening

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The community of Moycullen will be welcoming home their Olympic medal winning rower Fiona Murtagh this evening.

Fiona, alone with Furbo native Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty won bronze in the Womens Fours event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the early hours of Wednesday Morning.

Fiona and her family will do a tour of the parish on a open top bus departing from Bushypark at 6:30 travelling on to the village for 6.45. From there it will head down the Tullokyne Rd and should pass Hurneys at approximately 6:55.

It will then proceed towards Knockferry, Collinamuck and should be on the Cloonabinnia Road by about 7:20. It will be back out on the N59 at Rinneen and they will travel back through Moycullen village again.

Due to current restrictions, there can be no further celebrations but will still be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get out and show their appreciation of her amazing achievement at the Tokyo Olympics.

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1427 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,427* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

The figure is a decrease of 74 on yesterday’s figure.

It brings the five-day moving average of new cases to 1,363.

There are currently 164 people in hospital with the virus – of which 26 are in intensive care units.

Cases have remained consistently between 1,000 and 1,500 cases per day over the past week or so, following a sharp increase in daily figures in mid-July.

This weekend also marks a further expansion of the vaccination programme, with walk-in vaccination centres opened across the country for the first time.

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