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Galway’s coast and rivers to be assessed as IBAL extends litter survey

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s coast and rivers are to be assessed as the Irish Business Against Litter league extends the scope of its survey.
Areas to be examined will now include Salthill, Kinvara, the Corrib in Galway city, the Suck in Ballinasloe and the Shannon in Portumna.
Over 60 sites, covering coasts and inland waterways, will monitored independently by An Taisce, which will be ranked in a litter league table to be published in late summer.
The survey has been expanded in a bid to address growing marine litter issues.
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Portiuncula Hospital records first confirmed case of COVID-19 in two weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe has recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in two weeks.

According to the latest HSE figures, there’s just one coronavirus patient being treated at the east Galway facility this lunchtime.

A further four COVID-19 patients are attending UHG today, while there are an additional five hospital patients awaiting coronavirus test results at the city’s main hospital.

Nationwide there are 292 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals.

Meanwhile, 31 patients are attending ICU while 20 of these patients are being treated on ventilators.

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Consortium involving GMIT to apply for Technological University status before year end

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An application for technological university status is expected from GMIT, Sligo and Letterkenny, by the end of the year.

Last month, €5.7 million was allocated to the Connacht Ulster Alliance consortium in a bid to assist with the application for the designation.

It comes as the Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has announced Athlone and Limerick institutes of technology are applying for TU status today.

Minister of State for Further Education Niall Collins says it’ll provide many educational opportunities for students in the region.

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Galway Mayor writes to political leaders calling for legislation to protect victims of false impersonation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Mayor Mike Cubbard has written to all the party and group leaders in Dáil Eireann calling for legislation to be introduced to protect people who are falsely impersonated.

Mayor Cubbard is appealing to the TDs to push through a piece of legislation from 2017 which aims to protect people from crimes such as cyber bullying and online harassment.

It comes as Mayor Cubbard has been the victim of false impersonation recently – with an individual or group sending abusive Whatsapp messages from a fake number.

Mayor Cubbard has argued that under the current legislation only Gardaí are protected from such false impersonations.

He has also echoed the calls of Fianna Fail Councillor Mike Crowe for proof of ID to become mandatory when purchasing a mobile electronic device or sim card.

Mayor Cubbard told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, it’s unacceptable that individuals continue to get away with online harassment.

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