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Health Minister criticised over lack of respect shown to Leas Cheann Comhairle Catherine Connolly

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister is being criticised for an alleged lack of respect shown to Galway West TD and Leas Cheann Comhairle, Catherine Connolly.

The matter arose in the Dáil when Minister Stephen Donnelly attempted to respond to a statement from Deputy Marc MacSharry despite his time being up.

However, Deputy Catherine Connolly, who had the chair, ruled that the chamber must stick to time and proceed without a response.

Despite the ruling, however, Minister Donnelly insisted he was going to reply, which drew the ire of the Leas Cheann Comhairle.

After being informed he was not being given time after challenging Deputy Connolly, he also appeared to use profanity when taking his seat.

The incident has drawn considerable criticism, with many feeling the Health Minister owes an apology for his behavior and lack of respect shown for the chair.

Tune in to Galway Bay fm news to hear the exchange as it happened in the Dáil…

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Health officials issue ‘stay at home’ appeal to workers across the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE West has issued an appeal calling on the public to work from home as the virus continues to spread in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

The group has warned that there continues to be a very high level of infection in our communities.

The 14 day incidence rate in Galway stands at 1095 per 100,000, 1635 in Mayo and 925 in Roscommon.

Dr. Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health at HSE West, is urging workers across the region to work from home if possible.

She has also stressed that over the next two weeks hospitals and medical services will be under significant pressure.

She says the public can assist frontline workers by halting the spread of the virus in our communities.

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HSE criticised over failure to reopen COVID-19 hub at Merlin Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD is expressing disappointment that the Galway Community COVID Assessment Hub located at Merlin Park remains closed.

Community assessment hubs are operated by the HSE to help manage the increase of COVID-19 cases in the community.

They aim to divert patients who have, or are suspected of having, the virus away from the acute hospital system, by providing a facility where patients can be seen and clinically assessed.

A hub was set up at Merlin Park Unit 3 following the first wave of the pandemic early last year and was later closed.

Sinn Féin Deputy Mairéad Farrell says despite the country now struggling with the worst phase of the pandemic, the unit remains closed.

She says the explanation from the HSE is that the nurses needed to run the hub have been redeployed….

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Galway Senator raises concerns for fishing communities due to Brexit restrictions on UK trawler landings

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway Senator has raised concerns for the future of fishing communities due to new restrictions on UK trawler landings.

Senator Sean Kyne says restrictions regarding the landing of catches by UK trawlers are making the Brexit situation even more challenging for Irish coastal communities, particularly those involved in sea-food processing.

Following Brexit, UK trawlers are now classed as being from a third country and can only land catches at international ports in Ireland which are Killybegs and Castletownbere.

It’s understood this new restriction is due to a long-standing regulation that vessels from third party countries can only land at international ports.

Senator Kyne is also calling on the Government to produce its expanded list of Irish boats which can fish in UK waters as quickly as possible.

He says every effort must be made to change the rule so that UK trawlers are permitted to land catches at other ports.

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