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HSE issues advisory following outbreak of mumps in Western region

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has issued an advisory following an outbreak of mumps in the Western region.
45 patients have been diagnosed in the past seven weeks with an increase noted in the number of patients aged between 15 and 29 years.
Members of the public who have not received two doses of the MMR vaccine are advised to get vaccinated.
Mumps is an acute viral illness which causes fever, headache and painful swollen salivary glands.
It’s spread through coughs and sneezes and can also be transmitted through direct contact with saliva.
People remain unwell for an average of 7 to 10 days with treatment focused on symptom relief with rest, fluids, and over-the-counter painkillers.
Complications can include meningitis and inflammation of the testicles, which can affect fertility in later life.
Less common complications can include inflammation of the pancreas, deafness, arthritis, and inflammation of the heart.
The HSE advises that immunisation with the MMR vaccine is the best protection.

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Galway TD raises concerns about afterschool regulations ahead of new term

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ahead of the new school term, a Galway TD is raising concerns that regulations for afterschool services could lead to closures.

The regulations dictate the ratio of child to childcare employee must be no larger than 12:1 – which is half the 25:1 ratio required in primary school classrooms.

The new regulations were introduced by the Department of Child Protection for all afterschool care facilities for children in the primary school cycle.

Fianna Fail Deputy Anne Rabbitte says these ratios are not viable and are putting too much pressure on the industry.

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Presentation nuns seek approval for new convent building in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been submitted for a new convent building in the city.

Sr. Riona McHugh has applied for planning permission to build a new two-storey convent building at Presentation Road.

The development would involve a two-storey convent building with 14 bedrooms, an oratory, reception, living and dining area and an administrators apartment.

It would also involve relocating the vehicle entrance at Presentation Road adjacent to St. Joseph’s Church which is a protected structure.

The convent development would also include the demolition of the extension, outbuildings and yard boundaries to Presentation National School.

A decision on the new convent building for the order of Presentation nuns will be made by the city council in October.

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Galway forests absorb equivalent of emissions from 130 thousand cars

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Forests in Galway absorb the carbon dioxide equivalent of emission from 130 thousand cars each year.

That’s according to Forest Industries Ireland which says Galway’s 61 thousand hectares of forestry absorb an extra 284 thousand tonnes of CO2 every year.

Galway’s forestry covers just under 10 per cent of all land in the county with 400 hectares of forestry planted in 2017.

It’s estimated that the forestry sector in Galway employs almost one thousand people.

Nationally, Ireland’s forests absorb enough CO2 to cover the emissions of 60 per cent of all cars on Irish roads.

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