Galway Bay fm newsroom – Belgian police have confirmed that the two bodies found at the scene of a fire in Leuven are those of two Irish students of Polish and Lithuanian origin.
22-year-old Sara Gibadlo from Oranmore and 19-year-old Dace Zarina from Longford were students of GMIT in Galway.
They were second year students in the Bachelor of Business Degree in Hotel and Catering Management.
The two were the only GMIT students studying at the Irish University in Leuven as part of an erasmus programme, which just began a few weeks ago.
Many of their classmates, who are on placement in other parts of Europe, are being informed of the tragedy by college authorities this afternoon.
GMIT has appointed liaisons to support both families and are also liaising with the Belgian Embassy and the Ambassador, who is in Leuven.
The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed to Galway Bay fm News that it’s providing consular assistance to the families.
Head of GMIT College of Tourism and Arts, Cáit Noone says the college is devastated and that “Dace and Sara were both bright, creative young girls”.
8 other Irish students were in the building at the time of the blaze – which broke out shortly after six o’clock this morning.
Irish Water and Galway City Council crews successfully repair major burst watermain in Galway City
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water and Galway City Council crews have successfully completed repairs to a burst watermain at the NUI Galway Campus.
The repairs were very complex due to the location of the burst on the NUIG Campus and the presence of many services over the watermain which had to be carefully excavated.
The repairs were completed at 6.30 this morning.
The watermain supplies the Clifton Hill and Tonabrucky reservoirs and affected customers in the west of the city including Knocknacarra, Barna, Moycullen and surrounding areas.
These area supplied from the Tonabruckey Reservoir may experience low pressure during the day and into the evening as reservoir levels recover.
In a statement released this morning, Irish Water said they understood the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanked customers for their patience while work was ongoing to repair the burst and as normal supply is returned to impacted customers.
The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact them on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.
For updates you are asked to see the water supply and services section of their website.
1,392 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
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.