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Health Minister urged to review Connemara nursing home investigation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Health is being urged to investigate claims surrounding the quality of care at a private nursing home in Connemara.
The matter regarding Áras Cois Fharraige, An Spidéal was raised in the Seanad by Sinn Féin Senator Trevor O’ Clochartaigh today. (17/7)
An investigation into the claims by two whistleblowers is underway by the Health, Information and Quality Authority, HIQA.
Senator O’ Clochartaigh says he understands that the two whistleblowers have been suspended on foot of bringing the allegations about the quality of care.
Speaking in the Seanad, Senator O’ Clochartaigh urged the Health Minister Leo Varadkar to look into the situation at the nursing home.

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Irish Water and Galway City Council crews successfully repair major burst watermain in Galway City

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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.

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1,392 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,392* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 288 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 73 are in ICU.

The five day moving average is 1,311.

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Three areas in Galway have Covid-19 incidence rate above national average

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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.

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