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Galway TD urges government to officially recognise Palestine

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the government to officially recognise the state of Palestine.
It’s after a Dáil vote in 2014 saw unanimous consensus among TDs on the issue.

Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has asked Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney to explain why Ireland has yet to officially recognise the state of Palestine.
She says the government should explain why, over three years on from the passing of a Dáil motion, no formal recognition has been made.
In response to a written question submitted by the Independent deputy, Tánaiste Simon Coveney says the government is committed to recognising the State of Palestine as part of a lasting settlement of the conflict.
He says Ireland, along with its EU partners, supports the achievement of a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that meets Israeli and Palestinian security needs, and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty.
Minister Coveney says successive Irish Governments have seen recognition of Palestine coming as part of an overall peace agreement.
However, he claims he has not yet concluded that immediate recognition by Ireland would be a helpful step.

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11,139 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 11,139 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.

It’s the lowest daily number of cases reported in almost three weeks.

6,329 cases were detected by PCR tests, and 4,810 were positive antigen tests registered on the HSE portal.

There are 1,006 Covid patients in hospital, and 97 are in ICU.

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Junior Minister Anne Rabbite introduces changes at constituency office following confrontation at Portumna base

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Junior Minister and Galway East TD has revealed she was left ‘uncomfortable and exposed’ following a recent incident where she was confronted and detained while alone in her constituency office.

Deputy Anne Rabbitte says she was targeted by an anti-vax campaigner in an ordeal that lasted around 40 minutes.

The Galway East TD has now introduced changes to how she does business since the incident occurred in Portumna, and is no longer alone in the office at any time.

Her revelation comes as senior Cabinet Ministers are now to be given greater security such as bodyguards following a review of their personal safety.

Deputy Rabbitte told Galway Talks earlier, there often seems to be no boundaries in Irish politics and social media can drive a lot of the hatred and abuse.

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Local representatives support campaign by students from an East Galway secondary school for hybrid leaving cert model this year.

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A number of local representatives have lent their support to a campaign by students from an East Galway secondary school for the Government to reconsider a hybrid leaving cert model this year.

This year’s Leaving Cert is due to return to the old model in place before the pandemic.

Earlier today 38 Leaving Cert students at St. Cuan’s College, Castleblakeney used their 40 minute lunch break to hold a demonstration in a bid to highlight the level of student unease about the model proposed for the upcoming final State exam.

Today’s demonstration comes as a survey of nearly 19,000 students by the Irish Second-Level Students’ Union of Leaving Certificate students showed 68 per cent of Leaving Cert students want a hybrid exam this year.

Head Girl at St. Cuan’s College Aoife Gormally says COVID-19 related abscences continue to have an impact on final year students preparing for exams.

Students from St. Cuan’s College were joined by a number of public representatives including Roscommon Galway Sinn Féin TD Claire Kerrane.

Deputy Kerrane says students are making their voices heard and it’s time that the Education Minister listened to their requests.

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