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Galway West TD clear on consequences on voting against legislation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Brian Walsh says he is very clear on the consequences of voting against the new abortion legislation.

The Fine Gael TD says he is putting what he believes is right ahead of any personal or political gain.

Fine Gael’s Terence Flanagan, Peter Matthews and Billy Timmins have also said they will not support the Bill – and it’s speculated a further six could join their ranks, including Junior Minister Lucinda Creighton.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Brian Walsh says making the decision to vote against the bill was not an easy one..

The first Dáil vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill takes place this evening.

A senior Fine Gael Minister says TD’s voting against the new abortion legislation from a pro-life perspective are making a mistake and will be proven wrong.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar says the decision of the four TD’s is very regrettable…

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Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.

Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.

A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.

Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.

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1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.

The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.

There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.

Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.

18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.

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Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.

From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.

Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.

However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.

Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.

Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.

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