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Galway wind warning upgraded to status orange

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – MET Eireann has upgraded its wind warning for Galway to status orange as Storm Fionn approaches.
An arctic blast has hit the country with four separate weather warnings in place.
Galway’s original status yellow wind warning has been upgraded to orange, with gusts of up to 120km expected.
The upgraded alert also applies to Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry.
Meanwhile, a nationwide yellow alert has been issued for snow and ice, and another for high seas along the Atlantic coast.
A status yellow wind alert is also in place for seven other counties in the west and north-west.

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Chairperson of Galway City Vintners hopeful the majority of restrictions affecting hospitality sector will be removed by March.

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

The Chairperson of the Galway City Vintners says he’s hopeful that the majority of restrictions affecting the hospitality sector will be removed by March.

NPHET has been meeting to make a series of recommendations to Government for exiting restrictions.

It’s expected the curfew on hospitality will be lifted as early as next week, full capacity sports grounds will be allowed along with increased capacity at live events; while a roadmap for the return to the office is also due.

An easing of Covid restrictions will happen ‘within days’ according to the Public Expenditure Minister.

Johnny Duggan of Taylor’s Bar Galway who is also Chair of the Galway City Vintners Federation says publicans want to get back to normal trading as soon as possible.

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Galway TD challenges Minister in Dáil over exclusion of carers from healthcare bonus

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A Galway TD has challenged the Minister for Public Expenditure in the Dáil over the exclusion of family and home carers from the pandemic bonus.

Frontline healthcare workers are to be given a 1 thousand euro bonus to recognise their efforts throughout COVID-19.

However, under the current plans, home and family carers are not eligible for the payment.

Addressing Minister Michael McGrath, Deputy Mairead Farrell pointed out they lost everything during the pandemic at very short notice.

She argued without their efforts, the Government would have been in a very serious predicament.

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Ballinasloe group wins legal challenge preventing the operation of a waste transfer facility in the town

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A Ballinasloe community group has succeeded in its latest legal action to prevent the operation of a waste transfer facility in the East Galway town.

The ‘Ballinasloe Says No’ group took legal action to prevent Galway County Council granting a permit to operate a waste transfer station at Poolboy in April 2021.

The High Court has now quashed the decision by Galway County Council to grant a permit on environmental grounds.

The group are calling on the local authority to refuse any future application for a permit or extension or renewal of planning permission for a waste transfer facility in Poolboy.

Speaking to Galway Talks earlier, PRO & Secretary of the Ballinasloe Says No campaign Senator Aisling Dolan says the group is prepared to challenge any further attempts to bring a waste transfer facility to the town.

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