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Galway Sexual Assault Treatment Unit could be in line for funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Additional funding is expected to be announced for the country’s sexual assault treatment units later, including one in Galway.

Investment and staffing levels are expected to increase in response to a growing demand for services.

According to the Irish Times an extra 500 thousand euro could be provided by the Health Minister.

A policy review will be published later today.

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Warning of fall in VAT revenue due to Covid-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – VAT and similar taxes could fall by up to 6.7 billion euro this year because of Covid-19.

The warning comes from the Economic and Social Research Institute.

The research looks at the decline in household spending caused by the pandemic and the effect it has on indirect tax revenue.

It focuses on three different scenarios that could happen over the rest of the year – a new normal, with ongoing social distancing; a second wave of infections later this year; and a vaccine that allows normal economic activity to resume in the final quarter of the year.

If there’s a vaccine, the ESRI suggests household spending could fall by nearly 12 per cent.

But if a lockdown is reintroduced for 12 weeks from October, the research suggests household spending would fall by 20 per cent.

This could result in a revenue reduction of between 3.9 and 6.7 billion in 2020.

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Federation calls for earlier reopening of hairdressers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Hairdressers will present numerous proposals to the government this week in an effort to open earlier than planned.

The proposals include over 100 recommendations like wearing PPE and removing magazines.

Hair salons and barber shops are due to reopen in mid July under the current roadmap, but the Irish Hairdressers Federation wants that brought forward to the end of June.

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4 more deaths from COVID-19, 57 new cases – 7 of them in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 4 people with COVID-19 have died.

There have now been a total 1,608 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. 

As of 11am Sunday 24 May the HPSC has been notified of 57 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 24,639 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Friday 22 May (24,569 cases), reveals:

·        57% are female and 43% are male

·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

·        3,222 cases (13%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 394 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        7,819 cases are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,873 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,428 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,392 cases (6%). Galway remains at the lower end of the scale, with 7 new cases announced today, bringing the total number of cases to date to 458.

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 59%, close contact accounts for 38%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

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