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Galway TD writes to the Taoiseach on new laws for social media

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD, who chairs the Oireachtas Committee on Communications, has written to Leo Varadkar to outline the need for laws to regulate social media.
Galway West Deputy Hildegarde Naughton says the time for apologies and remedial action from Facebook is long past – and it can’t be trusted to self-regulate.
It follows a recent documentary which exposed how decisions were made on what’s allowed appear on the social media platform.
It showed a Dublin based trainer telling his team that if content is censored too many people would lose interest and that “It’s all about making money”.
Facebook representatives appeared before the Oireachtas committee last evening, where they outlined changes being made in light of the expose.
However, Fine Gael Deputy Naughton says while regulation is needed at EU level – the Irish government needs to take immediate action.

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Backlog of 467 applications for primary medical certificate await assessment in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 467 applications for a primary medical certificate are waiting to be assessed in the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo area.

A primary medical cert is required to qualify for the disabled driver’s tax and VRT exemptions.

Figures provided by the HSE to Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv reveal 181 such applications were processed in full in the West last year.

Nationwide, 1,858 applications are waiting to be assessed with 1,273 completed in 2020.

In the response to Deputy O’Cuiv’s parliamentary question, the HSE says there are challenges in some areas in progressing assessments due to the redeployment of medical officers to the COVID vaccine programme and the management of outbreaks in residential care facilities.

It adds the HSE is currently revising its service recovery and restoration plans.

Deputy O’Cuiv says the delay is causing significant stress and worry to applicants with many in the West waiting for feedback since last March.

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Listen: Killtullagh’s Saoirse Ruane learns to ride her bike again

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Galway Bay fm news – Kiltullagh native Saoirse Ruane – star of last year’s Toy Show – has gone viral online, again!

The 9 year old has learned to cycle her bicycle again using a specially modified bike – and has shared the achievement on social media.

Saoirse and her mum Rosanna spoke to FYI Galway:

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37 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 574 nationwide with 56 additional deaths

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Galway Bay fm news – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 56 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

31 of these deaths occurred in February, 13 occurred in January, 3 in December or earlier, while a further 9 are under investigation.

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 16 – 97 years.

There has been a total of 4,237 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 23rd February, the HPSC has been notified of 574 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 216,870* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 285 are men / 287 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 175 in Dublin, 57 in Limerick, 43 in Kildare, 37 in Galway, 35 in Meath and the remaining 227 cases are spread across 18 other counties. **

As of 8am today, 652 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 137 are in ICU. 35 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 21, 353,971 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 222,073 people have received their first dose
  • 131,898 people have received their second dose

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We continue to see good progress, but this needs to be sustained. It is vital that we get our children back to school over the coming weeks. A key part of making this a success will be our continued collective buy-in to the public health measures that are tried and tested. Stay at home, work from home where possible.”

“Given the increased transmissibility of the virus now, we must continue to limit our social contacts and do all we can to starve this disease of opportunities to spread.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 216,870 cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 23 February 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 23Feb2021)**5 day moving average (to midnight 23Feb2021)**14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (10Feb2021 to 23Feb2021)**New Cases during last 14 days (10Feb2021 to 23Feb2021)**
Ireland574700231.4         11,017
Offaly722415.6               324
Galway3743327.4               845
Dublin175255314           4,231
Laois1816292.8               248
Monaghan09286.7               176
Longford178286.3               117
Kildare4342273.7               609
Limerick5743272.4               531
Louth<526271.6               350
Mayo2124265.1               346
Waterford2121262.5               305
Westmeath1416261.3               232
Cavan1011244.2               186
Meath3527238.9               466
Carlow88212.5               121
Tipperary1724188               300
Leitrim02174.8                 56
Donegal2120160.8               256
Clare1515159.1               189
Wexford58142.3               213
Roscommon05119.3                 77
Wicklow1013106               151
Sligo<54103.8                 68
Kilkenny5898.8                 98
Cork212383.6               454
Kerry11646                 68

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

  • 7 day incidence is 108.4
  • 5-day moving average is 700
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