Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív has been sacked from the Fianna Fáil front bench.
It follows punishment for Senator Mark Daly after the two launched a candidate for the Northern Irish elections without approval from party HQ.
Éamon Ó Cuív and Mark Daly launched the campaign of Sorcha McAnespy last month unveiling her as the first Fianna Fáil candidate to contest elections in Northern Ireland.
The only problem being party HQ hadn’t signed off it, and wasn’t aware of the launch.
Fianna Fáil is trying to run candidates in the North and is negotiating a potential merger with the SDLP to do that.
But the unveiling of Sorcha McAnespy was unsanctioned, seen as party members going rouge, and left Micheál Martin fuming.
Yesterday he sacked Senator Mark Daly as Deputy leader in the Seanad, and today Éamon Ó Cuív has been removed as rural affairs spokesman.
It’s the second time Eamon De Valera’s grandson has been sacked from the front bench.
He was also removed as Deputy leader in 2012 after opposing Fianna Fáil’s view on the fiscal compact treaty
Three areas in Galway have Covid-19 incidence rate above national average
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three areas in Galway currently have a Covid-19 incidence rate above the national average of 413 cases per 100 thousand people.
The highest figure is Galway City East at 541, followed by Connemara North at 459 and Tuam at 458.
Galway City Central is just below the national average at 401, while Galway City West now stands at 363 cases per 100 thousand.
Elsewhere, the figure for Gort Kinvara is 323, Athenry-Oranmore is 247, Connemara South is 239, Ballinasloe is 192, and Loughrea is 185.
Nationally, the Monaghan local area has the highest figure nationwide – with an incidence rate of 1,255 cases per 100 thousand people.
Approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has granted approval for 345 build-to-rent apartments at Crown Square in Mervue.
The development is led by crown Square Developments Ltd and would be located at Monivea Road and Joyces Road.
The development consists of several blocks of varying heights – the tallest buildings will have ten floors and stand 30 metres above ground level at Monivea Road.
The project includes 240 two-bed units, 86 single-bed units, and 19 three-bed units.
Also in the plans is a commercial scheme which will feature retail and pharmacy units, a fitness and leisure centre, a primary care medical centre and a creche.
Access and parking arrangements for the proposed housing would be integrated with the office and hotel development authorised on the western part of the site, which’ll also have parking space for 1,200 bicycles.
An Bord Pleanála has now approved the plans with 19 conditions attached.
UHG has 2nd highest number of Covid-19 patients nationwide today
Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG has the second highest number of COVID-19 patients nationwide today.
There are 25 patients with the virus at the city hospital – behind Cork University Hospital at 29.
Nationally, 288 COVID-positive patients are in hospitals today with 67 in ICUs.
It’s a slight fall on yesterday’s total and is 12 percent down on last Friday.
Today’s UHG figure OF 25 is a considerable reduction on the figure of 32 recorded this day last week.
UHG has consistently had one of the highest figures nationwide in recent weeks, and has also been dealing with significant overcrowding issues.
Meanwhile, there is a single COVID-19 patient at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe today – the exact same figure as was recorded this day last week.