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Galway TD calls on Government to release communications unit files to PAC

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is asking the Government to release documents on its Strategic Communications Unit to the Public Accounts Committee.
PAC member Deputy Catherine Connolly told the latest sitting there are many outstanding questions over its operation – but few answers.
During the debate, Fianna Fail TD Shane Cassells suggested the unit is overseeing an era in which the state can buy the news.
Deputy Connolly warned that the PAC must be very careful in talking about any alleged misuse of public funds for political purposes.
It’s after Leo Varadkar last week announced that a review into the work of the SCU would be conducted by Ireland’s top civil servant.
Deputy Connolly said documents should be made available to support the Government’s claims on the cost and operation of the unit.

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1,361 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,361* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”

“Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

“For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitize hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms isolate and get tested.”

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City exhibition explores lockdown experience of children with long-term health conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An exhibition has been launched in the city to explore the experiences of children with long-term health conditions during lockdown.

“Our World in a Window” saw children aged between 9 and 12 years old work with national charity Helium Arts to produce animations, artwork and sculptures.

Their works range from tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations.

The project aimed to bring the children’s lockdown experiences to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing their persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.

The exhibition is currently on display at Galway City Library until August 4th, and will also visit Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Longford.

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200 submissions received on proposal for expansion of Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 200 submissions have been received from the public on plans for a major redevelopment of Galway Harbour.

The vision for the harbour would involve the transformation of 17 acres of land surrounding the inner dock area.

The plan sets out to deliver a sustainable urban living quarter with a key focus on public realm space.

Proposed public amenities include cross-city walking and cycling routes, cultural and event spaces, recreational water sport facilities and a re-imagined street network.

The project, in conjunction with the proposed port extension, aims to expand the city to the water’s edge while future proofing the port as a transport and renewable energy hub.

A six week public consultation process opened in May with 198 submissions received by the closing date.

Presentations were also made to 20 separate stakeholders groups.

Conor O’Dowd, CEO, Galway Harbour Company has welcomed the high level of engagement and submissions made by the people of Galway which he says will inform plans for the development of the inner dock lands.

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