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Heated debate at City Hall over rental cost of Christmas Market

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was heated debate at City Hall this week over the rent being charged for the Christmas Market at Eyre Square.
Councillor Padraig Conneely claimed the small fee being charged for a full month use of a major public space is ‘an absolute disgrace’.
It was revealed at this week’s meeting of the local authority that the operators of the Christmas Market are being charged €10 thousand for the use of Eyre Square.
Councillor Padraig Conneely claimed it’s an outrageously paltry fee to charge a commerical, profit-making company for the extended use of a public space.
He suggested the figure should be at least doubled with immediate effect.
However, speaking in response, City CEO Brendan McGrath said the figure was arrived at by simply multiplying the daily rate of €250 charged to any applicant for the use of Eyre Square.
He also added that it was crucial that people do not lose sight of the fact that the Christmas Market draws some half a million people to the city each year.
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HIQA Inspection finds staffing issues at Mountbellew Nursing Home

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A HIQA inspection of Mountbellew Nursing Home has identified issues with staffing.

It found that in the event of an outbreak of Covid-19, there was inadequate nursing staff to ensure residents were cared for in line with health guidelines.

However, the issue has since been addressed through the recruitment of additional nurses

The inspection, carried out in November, found the unit was compliant or substantially compliant with 14 out of 16 criteria.

It found the centre was well-maintained with good facilities, and interactions between staff and residents were positive and engaging.

However it identified issues with staffing – with the inspector finding that at the time of inspection, it did not allow for two nurse-led teams.

This meant in the event of a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19, one nurse would have to provide care to all residents, increasing the risk of infection.

Management said this was due to difficulty in recruiting nursing staff.

In response to the assessment, they said two additional full time nursing staff had been recruited, while a third was due to start in late December.

It also noted that two retired nurses were on stand-by to work in the event of sick leave, holiday leave or an outbreak of Covid-19.

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13 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 522 nationally and 9 further deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 9 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

4 deaths occurred in March, 3 occurred in February and 1 in January*.

The median age of those who died was 82 years and the age range was 69-94 years.

There has been a total of 4,405 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Thursday 4th March, the HPSC has been notified of 522 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 222,169** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 275 are men / 243 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 280 in Dublin, 28 in Meath, 28 in Kildare, 26 in Cork and 19 in Donegal and the remaining 141 cases are spread across 19 other counties***.

As of 8am today, 426 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 102 are in ICU. 34 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 2nd, 460,637 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 316,056 people have received their first dose
  • 144,581 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.

ENDS//

*There is one death where the date of death is under investigation.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 222,169 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 04 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 04Mar2021)***5 day moving average (to midnight 04Mar2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (19Feb2021 to 04Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (19Feb2021 to 04Mar2021)
Ireland522518185.18,815
Longford1813393.9161
Offaly1119383.5299
Westmeath1017272.6242
Louth1321263.8340
Dublin280224259.53,497
Limerick1420239.1466
Laois108211.3179
Meath2827208.7407
Kildare2823204454
Mayo612187244
Galway1321185.2478
Donegal1916177.8283
Carlow04166.995
Tipperary<511161.7258
Monaghan75159.698
Clare<511142.2169
Waterford<56142165
Cavan96137.8105
Roscommon<56113.173
Wicklow5895.5136
Leitrim0187.428
Sligo7477.851
Kilkenny<5373.673
Wexford<5568.8103
Kerry<5559.688
Cork262359.5323

~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 82.6
  • 5-day moving average 518
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Taoiseach urged to support long-awaited new community centre in Newcastle

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has been urged in the Dáil to help secure funding for a long-awaited new community centre in Newcastle.

Deputy Noel Grealish said the area has over six thousand residents, yet is still without any local facilities.

Addressing Micheál Martin, he said the Newcastle Combined Community Association has submitted an application for funding under the urban regeneration and development fund.

He noted that the community group has invested €200 thousand into the project to date, which he described as shovel ready.

Deputy Grealish urged the Taoiseach to liase with Minister Darragh O’ Brien to ensure the much-needed project can be approved for funding:

In response, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said he would liase with Minister O’ Brien on the matter – to hear coverage of this in the Dáil tune in to FYI Galway@5

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