Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has pressured the Health Minister in the Dáil over the urgent need for a Covid-19 vaccine compensation scheme.
Noting the vital importance of the vaccination process, Deputy Catherine Connolly also wanted to know how much it’s costing the state.
Speaking in response, Minister Stephen Donnelly said it’s cost around €121m so far, and is ultimately expected to cost over €200m.
He noted Ireland, like other EU countries, indemnified vaccine manufacturers as part of the bloc’s Advance Purchase Agreement.
This means the state will be liable for all costs arising from any claims made – but these cases can be very difficult to prove for those who take action.
Minister Donnelly accepted some other countries have, in addition, introduced state compensation schemes that make it much easier to make claims.
But he said there’s currently no plans to introduce such a scheme in Ireland.
Deputy Connolly pointed out that an expert high-level report last year recommended such a scheme should be established.
Minister Donnelly said while there are no plans for a Covid vaccine compensation scheme at present – work is ongoing in relation to the recommendations of the Meenan report referenced by Deputy Connolly.
LISTEN: The Ordination takes place of Moycullen Native John Gerard Acton
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The ordination has taken place in Galway cathedral of Moycullen Native John Gerard Acton.
John Gerard was ordained by Bishop Diocese of Galway Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Brendan Kelly this afternoon.
He is the son of Séamus and Maureen Acton and is the youngest of four siblings and had studied business and communications at GMIT and worked in retail and hospitality for several years before beginning his six years of priestly formation at St. Patricks College in Maynooth.
Significantly, John Gerard is also the last current student for the Galway Diocese. At this moment there are no others studying for the priesthood in the Galway Diocese.
Speaking in his homily, Bishop Kelly said that today was a good day for the church and for the diocese.
Following the homily the ceremony of ordination and the laying of hands and this prayer over John Gerard by Bishop Kelly
John Gerard then joined his parents to gave him his vestments, his first as a priest and his first role was to assist with the mass…
The final word went to the Parish Priest of Galway, Fr Peter Rabbitte who welcomed John Gerard to the priesthood.
Fr Acton will celebrate his first mass tomorrow evening in Galway Cathedral.
You can hear more from John Gerard Acton on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan on Tuesday.
1098 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,098 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
The figure is a decrease of 329 on yesterday’s figure.
There are currently 163 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 26 are in ICU.
Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.
10,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 20 vaccination centres across the country.
Anybody over 16 still waiting on a vaccine can attend a vaccine centre, without an appointment, to receive their first jab until Monday.
€370 thousand for Galway projects to improve employment opportunities for disabled
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – €370 thousand has been awarded for two Galway projects which aim to improve employment opportunities for those with disabilities.
They’re among 45 projects nationwide set to benefit from a €7.5m package that forms part of the Government’s “Pathways to Work” initiative.
Projects funded under the initiative aim to improve employment skills, provide education opportunities, support those with disabilities to start their own businesses and assist with retention in the labour market.
Forum Connemara has received €198 thousand to support its ‘Want to Work Ag Iarraidh Oibre’ project.
It’ll support the capacity of people with disabilities in Connemara to participate and be retained in the labour market, using job coaching principles to support individual progression.
The project will also work with local employers to increase disability awareness and numbers of those with disabilities in their workforce.
Meanwhile, €174 thousand has been allocated to Galway City Partnership for its ‘Inclusive Pathways to Employment’ project.
It’ll provide specially tailored interventions to empower disabled jobseekers to avail of employment opportunities, and support employers to engage with this available talent.