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Galway fishermen’s co-op condemn recent port blockades

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

The Galway and Aran Fishermen’s CO-OP has condemned the blockades of two fishing ports by local fishermen in the south of the country this week.

Fishermen in Dingle, and Castletownbere in Cork, blockaded the entrance to piers in order to prevent French and Spanish crews from off loading their catch and accessing the towns.

The locals claim the action was taken due to fears of the European crews spreading the coronavirus.

The Galway and Aran Co-op has joined with six of the country’s largest fishing organisations to condemn the move.

The organisations say that such blockades will only damage the Irish fishing Industry in the long run.

Under new government restrictions, all vessels entering Irish ports must provide a ‘Maritime Declaration of Health’ in tandem with abiding by existing HSE guidelines.

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Roscommon/Galway TD urges government to consider proposal for development of template for cloth face coverings

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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….

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NUIG Professor Alan Ahearne cites reasons for cautious optimism after coronavirus

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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.

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HSE data reveals COVID 19 patient numbers at UHG and Portiuncula on Saturday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – HSE data for Saturday April 4th shows there were 18 patients with coronavirus receiving care at UHG.

Meanwhile, four COVID 19 patients were being cared for at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe on the day.

The breakdown of cases by hospital nationwide published by RTE’s Fergal Bowers shows Beaumont in Dublin was dealing with the largest volume at the time of analysis at 110 cases.

This was followed by St. James at 83 and the Mater with 76 cases.

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