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Galway islands counting cost of another weather hit

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Some minor roads in the county remain closed this morning due to flooding.

Director of Services with Galway County Council, Liam Gavin, says some of worst affected areas are Kinvara, Spiddal, Oranmore, and the Aran Islands.

High winds coupled with high tide and heavy rainfall have hampered efforts by the Council to repair roads and alleviate flooding.

Liam Gavin of Galway County Council is urging motorists to be careful on county roads until they are free of flooding.

Michael Muldoon is a resident on Inis Mór.

He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, that the island has been badly hit again and urgent work is needed.

Simon Murray is a manager on Inishbofin and says the island needs to get some help from the County Council now, as they haven’t yet visited the island.

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Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.

Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.

A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.

Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.

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1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.

There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.

Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.

18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.

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Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.

Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.

However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.

Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.

Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.

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