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Housing Minister expected to announce €15m for city social housing development

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Housing Minister is expected to next week announce €15 million in funding for a major social housing development in the city.
The project will comprise almost 70 homes and is earmarked for the Headford Road.

It’s understood the social housing development at an as-of-yet unspecified location at Headford Road will consist of 33 two-bed units, 32 3-bed units and four 4-bed units.
Funding of €15 million for the project will be allocated to Galway City Council under the Government’s Local Authority Housing Construction Programme.
Full details of the project will be revealed next week, when Housing Minister Eoghan Murphy officially approves the funding.
Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton says there will be significantly more funding allocated to Galway in the near future for the provision of housing.
The Fine Gael Deputy says the City Council is at an ‘advanced stage’ in identifying other areas where the Government will fund social housing.

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SIPTU members at Bon Secours Hospital in Galway to form part of national ballot for industrial action

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – SIPTU members working in the Bon Secours Hospital in Galway are to form part of a national ballot for industrial action, up to and including strike action.

It’s in an effort to secure a job evaluation process for up to 500 support grade workers – with over 100 at Bon Secours Galway impacted.

Support grade workers include health care assistants, porters, catering attendants and cleaners.

The decision follows a consultation which took place over recent weeks after which it has been agreed to ballot for both industrial and strike action across five hospital locations in Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Cork and Kerry.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Miriam Hamilton, says the Bon Secours Health System and SIPTU have a long standing agreement linking the pay and working conditions of Bon Secours members to those of workers in the HSE.

She argues members believe that pay movements arising from the implementation of the job evaluation scheme in the HSE should also be applied to support grade workers in the Bon Secours Health System.

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Arts Council announces €3m for Galway organisations

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Arts Council has announced funding of €3m for artists and organisations across Galway.

The allocations are part of a €130m investment across the country this year.

The largest allocation in Galway is to the Druid Theatre Company, which will receive €894 thousand.

Next is the iconic Galway Arts Festival, which has been allocated €640 thousand.

€305 thousand is to go to street arts organisation Macnas – while the Babaro children’s festival will benefit to the tune of €294 thousand.

€160 thousand has been allocated to both the Town Hall Theatre and Galway Arts Centre.

While Galway Community Circus and Galway Film Fleadh will both receive €150 thousand.

Cló Iar-Chonnachta Teo has been awarded €85 thousand, while Áras Éanna has received €63 thousand.

Finally, €32 thousand will go to Galway Dance Project.

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17 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 566 nationwide with 25 additional deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 25 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

5 deaths occurred in March,13 occurred in February and 6 in occurred January or earlier*.

There has been a total of 4,357** COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 2nd March, the HPSC has been notified of 566 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 221,189*** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 280 are men / 284 are female
  • 68% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 34 years old
  • 233 in Dublin, 37 in Kildare, 30 in Meath, 25 in Donegal, 24 in Westmeath and the remaining 217 cases are spread across all other counties****.

As of 8am today, 489 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 114 are in ICU. 29 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of 28th February, 439,782 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

•           297,899 people have received their first dose

•           141,883 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.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Through the hard work and sacrifice of the vast majority of people, key disease indicators continue on a positive trajectory. However, we are still seeing outbreaks in the community, including those linked to extended families, workplaces and funerals. We need to keep up our guard against the B117 variant of COVID-19, which we know is dominant in Ireland at present and highly transmissible.

“Our willingness to stick with the public health advice in our daily routine has brought us the progress that we can see today. Together, through staying at home as much as possible, social distancing, hand washing and wearing face coverings, we can continue to drive down the spread of COVID-19.”  

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 1 death. The figure of 4,357 reflects this.

***Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 7 confirmed cases. The figure of 221,189 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 02 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases**** (to midnight 02Mar2021)5-Day Moving Average of New Cases14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 02Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 02Mar2021)
Ireland566591199.49,497
Offaly2123402.8314
Longford1215379.2155
Westmeath2419289.5257
Dublin233246274.43,697
Limerick2431264.8516
Louth2121263.8340
Laois1111231.4196
Kildare3723225.6502
Galway1728222.8575
Meath3025214.3418
Mayo815212.2277
Donegal2519199.1317
Monaghan<55190.6117
Tipperary1116184.3294
Waterford66174.7203
Carlow<56172.198
Cavan<55151115
Clare1913149.8178
Leitrim<52131.142
Roscommon<56116.275
Wicklow10999141
Sligo<5382.454
Wexford7980.1120
Kilkenny<5376.676
Cork192361.2332
Kerry8959.688

~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 91.2
  • 5-day moving average 591
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