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Garda chief says zero tolerance approach during Galway festivals is impossible

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of Galway Garda Division says it’s a ‘physical impossibility’ to police the bye-laws in relation to outdoor drinking during large festivals in the city.

Speaking at this week’s Joint Policing Committee, Tom Curley said he organised a glass-free zone in the Latin Quarter area in 2007 which has been successful.

Councillor Frank Fahy told the meeting that he feels companies like Diageo shouldn’t be able to take over the city on days such as Arthur’s Day.

He added that he regularly sees bottles being used as weapons.

Chief Superintendent Curley there could be up to 30 thousand people on Quay Street and Shop Street during festivals and he doesn’t have the manpower to monitor every single breach of a bye-law.

The Chief Superintendent said that a lot of money is generated for Galway by various festivals such as the Races and the Arts Festival and said ‘we can’t lose sight of that’.

The Chief says that Garda preparations for the Races will begin shortly and that they can tailor their policy to make it safer.

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Simon Harris to seek removal of repeat exam fees at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has pledged to write to NUI Galway to ask them to waive repeat examination fees.

The matter was raised in the Dáil by Galway West Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell.

She said it’s ridiculous that in the midst of a pandemic, NUI Galway is charging almost €300 for repeat exams, while most other universities do not charge students at all.

She pointed out that youth unemployment is currently at 20 percent and students are also struggling with ‘crippling’ rents in Galway City.

Addressing Minister Harris, Deputy Farrell said it’s not fair there’s no consistency in some policies at Ireland’s universities – a situation she said creates an “unlevel playing field”.

Speaking in response, Minister Harris gave a committment that he would write to NUI Galway….

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Over 24 thousand people in Galway to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 24,300 people in Galway will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow.

That’s an increase of almost 3 thousand people since this time last week.

Nationally, 460,000 people will receive the PUP tomorrow, the highest figure recorded since June.

That marks a rise of almost 62,000 people since last Tuesday.

The sector with the highest number of people receiving the payment this week is accommodation and food services – which accounts for over 110,000 people.

It’s followed by over 76,000 wholesale and retail staff, which includes shop workers and also mechanics.

While there are over 56 thousand construction workers across the country set to receive the payment tomorrow – close to double last weeks figure.

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NUIG researchers advance understanding of Covid-19 infection process

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A research team at NUI Galway has advanced the understanding of the Covid-19 infection process.

The team within the Advanced Glycoscience Research Cluster discovered how human respiratory cells respond to the virus.

Researchers say that all pathogens need the right combination of carbohydrates and proteins to attach to their host and cause infection.

The team at NUI Galway found that in Covid-19, the spike-glycoprotein is covered with carbohydrates and binds to the “ACE2 receptor” protein on human respiratory cells to start the infection.

It notes that mutations cause minor changes in this “molecular handshake” – many of these can be insigificant and neither beneficial nor detrimental to the virus or the host.

However, others can alter the infectivity and severity of the disease such as the UK, South African and Brazilian variants.

It’s hoped the data science analysis carried out at NUI Galway will help gain a better insight into the immune response to Covid-19, and lead to the development of improved biomarkers and therapeutic responses to the Covid-19 virus.

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