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Green Party calls for investigation by minister amid concerns about fraudulent submissions to Supermac’s Ennis plans

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Green Party is calling for an investigation into a planning application to build a service station on the Galway-Limerick motorway.
At least 40 of the 180 letters professing support for the Supermacs’ plan for the service station near Ennis have allegedly been forged.
The Green Party is calling on the Minister for Environment, Denis Naughten, and the Data Protection Commissioner, Helen Dixon to launch an investigation into the application.

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21 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 539 nationally and 14 further deaths

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 14 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

9 deaths occurred in March, 1 occurred in February and 4 in January or earlier.

The median age of those who died was 80 years and the age range was 59-94 years.

There has been a total of 4,419 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday 5th March, the HPSC has been notified of 539 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 222,699* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 295 are men / 240 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 245 in Dublin, 42 in Meath, 29 in Kildare, 26 in Limerick, 24 in Cork and the remaining 173 cases are spread across 19 other counties**.

As of 8am today, 414 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 101 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 3rd, 474,645 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 328,598 people have received their first dose
  • 146,047 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 222,699 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 05 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 05Mar2021)**5 day moving average (to midnight 05Mar2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (20Feb2021 to 05Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (20Feb2021 to 05Mar2021)
Ireland539488175.68,360
Longford813379.2155
Offaly611339.9265
Westmeath1416270.4240
Dublin245225249.53,362
Louth1316239308
Limerick2616227.8444
Meath4229210.7411
Kildare2925189.7422
Laois57183155
Donegal09172.1274
Mayo1510170.9223
Galway2118166.2429
Carlow74158.190
Tipperary2010151.7242
Monaghan<54148.291
Clare610136.3162
Cavan7513099
Waterford87126.5147
Roscommon<53106.969
Wicklow8886.4123
Leitrim0181.126
Sligo<5374.849
Kilkenny9473.673
Wexford14768.1102
Kerry7461.691
Cork242156.7308

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

  • 7-day incidence 78.4
  • 5-day moving average 488
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Galway TD accuses government of discrimination against the regions regarding vehicle charging points in Galway county

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway East independent TD Sean Canney has called for more Vehicle charging points in the county saying that the allocation of points in Galway is very low.

The Independent TD received confirmation that there are 30 standard charging points, 7 fast charging points and 2 high powered charge points installed.

However, Deputy Canney argued that with Dublin County having in excess of 5 times the number of standard charging points than County Galway, It smacked of discrimination against the regions.

“The Government are looking to the electric car as a solution to CO2 emissions from cars, but they are not instilling confidence in people to buy electric vehicles”.

“If we do not get our act together and install the necessary infrastructure, we will not convince people to change to electric vehicles”.

“The Climate Action Fund is available and must be used but the installation must be fair to all the regions across the country. It is the biggest fear factor in purchasing an electric vehicle is running out of charge but no place to charge up”.

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City Councillor welcomes notification that work is commence on walking route in Rusheen

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City West and Knocknacarra Councillor Donal Lyons welcomes the notification from officials at Galway City Council that the Parks Woodlands Team are to commence work on providing a new woodlands walking route in Rusheen which subject to approval by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, will see work commencing on the new walkway in May/June of 2021.

“The existing lane in Rusheen is widely used by the public. However, damage is occurring to the woodland where the lane ends as walkers are traversing the woodland in various directions and inadvertently causing damage to the woodland surface.

The proposal will see the existing lane being cleaned up and a loose gravel covering being laid along the existing route and a new route being made which is presently most widely used which will create a walkway from the existing lane leading through the woods to the Barna Road. It is hoped that the new route will entice walkers to remain on the new route and thus avoiding further damage to the woodland.

Prior to Christmas, I was made aware that a gate had been erected on the Rusheen lane and advising the public that the lane was a private road. I made representations to Galway City Council and recently received confirmation that the lane is a public right of way. I have been informed that the gate presently in position will be replaced by a smaller gate which will allow pedestrian access to the laneway.

I am delighted that Galway City Council Parks Woodlands Team are now progressing the new walking route which will be a tremendous asset to the local community. It will add significantly to the excellent passive recreation in the Lough Rusheen Amenity Park, the Barna Woods and Silverstrand areas.

I want to thank the officials at Galway City Council Parks Department for their work in designing the new walking route”.

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