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Galway TD calls for end to restrictions on credit union loans

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East T.D is calling on the government to lift restrictions on credit union loans.
Deputy Paul Connaughton says that the restrictions currently imposed by the Central Bank are ‘nonsensical’.
He says credit unions are essential to the small business sector, and need to be supported.
Deputy Connaughton says if rural Ireland is to be rejuvenated, the Central Bank will have to ease its restrictions.

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Call for immediate allocation of extra Gardaí to Galway City following events of past week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The highly-publicised anti-social events of the past week in Galway City show the urgent need for additional Garda resources.

That’s according to City Councillor Niall McNelis, who is also a member of the City Joint Policing Committee.

He’s pointing to recent incidents that have been widely shared online – including street fights, an assault in which a large blade was produced, and an individual launching fireworks in Eyre Square that left a woman with serious injuries.

It comes as last week’s meeting of the City JPC heard claims that there’s an unsafe atmosphere in Galway City at night, that Eyre Square has become a “no go” area, and Gardai are rarely seen on the city streets.

Superintendent Tom Curley said he’d love to have a Garda on every corner – but the numbers just are not there and his numbers fall far short of what is needed to police the entire city.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to Aisling Bolton-Dowling about the situation.

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1,631 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Press Release: Wednesday 27 October 2021 

Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,631* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 503 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 101 are in ICU. 

There has been a total of 5,436 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 67 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday). 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Incidence of COVID-19 is increasing at a concerning rate. The 7 day moving average is now 2,043, up from 1,138 only three weeks ago. Incidence is increasing across all age groups, highest in those aged 5-12 years.  

“A combination of higher levels of social contact, a move to socialisation indoors and a collective relaxing of basic public health behaviours combined has led to this surge of infection. 

“The importance of individual, institutional and sectoral attention to risk mitigation is crucial at this point. I encourage all of us to ensure we are following basic public health advice and to expect the presence of infection prevention control measures in settings we visit.” 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of health said: “There is no one intervention that will protect you and those around you from contracting COVID-19. We need a muti-layered approach to this disease, using all the tools we have at our disposal; vaccination, wearing a face mask, well ventilated spaces indoors, hand hygiene and cough etiquette, social distancing when appropriate and isolating at the onset of symptoms. These measures combined are the most effective way you can protect yourself and loved ones from COVID-19.” 

Professor Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE West, HSE: “Incidence is growing across the population. High community incidence threatens all settings. A particular concern is for environments with vulnerable people, such as nursing homes, hospital and care environments and long term residential facilities. High community transmission poses a substantial risk to this population. A combined effort to reduce incidence is needed to protect the most vulnerable.”

Dr. Deirdre Robertson, Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI; “The population are quite good at recognising that meeting more people and going to different types of locations increases the risk of spreading and catching COVID-19. The data suggests they are less likely to recognise that taking precautionary measures like wearing masks and keeping socially distanced decreases the risk, and those preventive behaviours have been gradually decreasing since the start of the year.” 

ENDS//

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New fire station in Loughrea expected to be completed within 12 months

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new fire station in Loughrea is expected to be completed within 12 months.

That’s according to local Councillor Michael Moegie Maher, who says the facility will be based on a site opposite the Loughrea Hotel.

It’s owned by Galway County Council and had previously been identified as a potential location for a swimming pool.

A design team has now been appointed to the project, while over €1.2m has been ringfenced to support construction.

Councillor Maher says it’s not yet clear what’ll happen the current fire station – but there are many possibilities:

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