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Galway Mayor offered 5,000 face masks from Chinese city for frontline healthcare workers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Mayor of Galway has been offered five thousand face masks for front line healthcare workers from the Deputy Director of a Chinese city.

Mayor Mike Cubbard was contacted by the official from Enshi, a city that has formed close ties with Galway over recent years.

Enshi recorded 200 confirmed cases of coronavirus in recent months, but it’s understood, all patients have since recovered.

Mayor Cubbard contacted officials to pass on Galway’s regards to the city and its frontline workers as they made their way through the crisis.

On receiving the offer of face masks this week, Mayor Cubbard contacted the CEO of the Saolta Group.

He says the gesture was greatly appreciated at a time when essentials like masks are in great demand…

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Concern over surge in illegal dumping in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over a rise in illegal dumping in parts of the city.

City officials have been advised of a series of incidents where rubbish has been dumped with a car witnessed dumping multiple bags of rubbish this week.

The local authority says while most people carrying out clear-outs during the lockdown are hiring skips, some are disposing of rubbish illegally.

The public is being advised to only use the services of an operator with a valid waste permit.

Carmel Kilcoyne, Senior Executive Engineer with Galway City Council, says extra crews have been required to carry out clean-ups at the sites with a particular risk to staff due to the current pandemic…..

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Roscommon/Galway TD concerned over hardship experienced by pensioner families

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Undue hardship is being placed on pensioner families who cannont access the COVID-19 payment.

That’s according to Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten, who says the restricted access to the payment is placing some families in financial trouble.

It comes as Deputy Naugthen has been contacted by a number of pensioners who are supporting children and have lost their income due to the coronvirus emergency.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment is only available to people between 18 and 66 years – who have lost all employment due to the coronavirus restrictions.

Deputy Naughten is calling for the income support framework to be reassessed…

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Sinn Féin to host Galway Easter commemorations online

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Sinn Féin is to hold its Galway Easter commemorations online due to coronavirus restrictions.

The party is to lead an alternative commemoration this Easter Sunday instead of its annual wreath laying ceremony which traditionally takes place at the Liam Mellows monument at the north-west of Eyre Square.

The commemoration will be hosted online at 3 o’clock on Sunday, and locals are being asked to get involved by wearing an Easter lily or hanging a tri-colour from their homes.

The live event can be accessed on the Sinn Féin website and across all the party’s social media channels.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell says it’s a chance for people to mark the occasion while adhering to public health guidelines….

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