Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has demanded an assurance from the Taoiseach that the ‘squeezed middle’ will be looked after in the upcoming budget.
Speaking in the Dáil, Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish said the people of middle Ireland bear the biggest tax burden and receive the least help from the state.
He told Leo Varadkar that the people he himself describes as those ‘who get up early in the morning’ are being ignored by the Government.
The Independent Deputy told the chamber that they’re the people who carried Ireland through the recession and recognition is needed.
Speaking in response, the Taoiseach outlined how increased spending in public services and infrastructure will be the top priority.
He said these measures will benefit everyone in Irish society no matter what their standing.
However, Leo Varadkar did concede that there is ‘real unfairness’ in Ireland’s tax system at present – a situation he will seek to address.
1314 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Galway Bay fm newsroom – As of midnight, Tuesday 3 August, the National Public Health Surveillance Team is reporting 1,314* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 187 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU.
There has been a total of 5,044 deaths related to COVID-19.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Today, the ECDC and EMA have strongly encouraged those who are eligible for vaccination but have not yet been vaccinated to start and complete the recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule as soon as they can. Full vaccination is the best protection for you and your community from COVID-19, including from variants such as Delta, which is dominant in Ireland.”
“It is important to remember that infections in vaccinated people do not mean that vaccines do not work. While no vaccine is 100% effective in this way, these breakthrough infections that occur are generally much less severe, and they are associated with less risk of hospitalisation. Vaccines work.”
“Vaccination programmes are one of the greatest public health developments of our time. Not only are the COVID-19 vaccines available to you in Ireland all highly effective and very safe, but they are our road out of this pandemic. Vaccination enables protection of the whole community, including the most vulnerable. Getting vaccinated is an important preventative tool personally, but it is also an act of solidarity from an individual to wider society – an act that keeps one another protected, and ensures the continued safe reopening of our society and economy.”
Board backs city council decision to approve plan for new building at Galway Rape Crisis Centre
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.
GRCC is dedicated to providing a professional and confidential counselling and support service for those in the community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.
The project involves the demolition of the existing substandard building and the construction of a new three-storey base.
City planners had approved the plan in late January subject to 21 conditions.
However, the project was later subject to a third party appeal to An Bord Pleanála.
Concerns included the site’s zoning in relation to the provisions of the Galway City Development Plan as well as the preservation of the historical culture of the Claddagh village.
An Bord Pleanála has granted permission with nine conditions.
One states the glazed facade to the top floor is to be vertical and not at an angle.
The roof is also to be lowered to a flat pitch with a maximum height of 12.75 metres.
Coming up on FYI Galway@5
- Katherine Zappone will not accept the appointment by the government to be UN Special Envoy. In a statement, she said it is clear that criticism of the appointment process has impacted the legitimacy of the role itself.
- An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.
- The Catholic Priest Association is calling for greater clarity surrounding upcoming First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.