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HSE West questioned on impact of pub reopening on drug and alcohol related presentations

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- A county councillor has questioned the HSE on the number of presentations to emergency departments related to alcohol or drug abuse since the reopening of pubs and nightclubs.

Councillor Donagh Killalea told a meeting of the Health Forum West that he has been advised of a rise in the number of spiking incidents, particularly involving young girls.

He said he has also received reports of some needling incidents.

The Fianna Fail Councillor said many such incidents are reported to have taken place in the city, with many young people resident in the county now more hesitant about socialising in the city centre.

Ann Cosgrove, Chief Operating Officer at, Saolta said hospitals in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon have not noted any increase in these types of presentations since the re-opening of pubs and nightclubs.

She added that data relating to alcohol or drug related presentations is not specifically recorded across the sites.

Councillor Killalea said data on the subject would be valuable.

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5,622 new cases of Covid-19 are reported as number of patients being treated in hospital for Covid-19 falls below 500 for the first time in four weeks.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The number of patients being treated in hospital for Covid-19 has fallen below 500 for the first time in four weeks.

487 patients are being treated in hospital for the infection – 114 of whom are receiving intensive care, an increase of four on yesterday.

5,622 new cases of Covid-19 were reported today by the Department of Health.

The five-day moving average is now 4,894 – up from 4,691 yesterday.

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LISTEN: Minister welcomes launch of JAM card initiative by both NUI Galway and by Galway Public Libraries

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte T.D has welcomed the launch of the JAM card initiative  by NUI Galway and by Galway Public Libraries.

The initiative allows customers with a learning difficulty, autism or communication barriers to tell others they need ‘Just A Minute’ discreetly and easily.

It has been rolled out by NUI Galway on campus and by Galway Public Libraries in branches throughout the city and county.

The announcement from Galway Public Libraries makes them the first library authority in the West of Ireland to launch the initiative.

Bernie Kelly, city and county librarian explains how the JAM Card works:

The announcements from both NUI Galway and Galway Public Libraries have been welcomed by Minister of State for Disability Anne Rabbitte T.D who said that this means a lot to a lot of people and was delighted it was happening in the west of Ireland.

For more information on the JAM Card© please visit https://tinyurl.com/Jamcardinfo

Niamh McGrath, NUI Galway Students’ Union Disability Rights Officer and Jam Card user, with Clodagh McGivern, NUI Galway SU Vice President/Education Officer, as the University announced the introduction of the JAM Card© initiative on campus for people with additional needs. Photos by Aengus McMahon.
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LISTEN: Galway Sports Club to become first in the country to develop gender specific changing areas

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The first in a series of fundraising events with a difference will take place tonight in Creggs.

The Rugby Club there are currently in the middle of a fundraising draw for their new facilities.

These facilities are specifically for female players of all sports who use the grounds in the Galway/Roscommon border village and will make it the first sporting development in the country to have female specific changing areas.

President of Creggs RFC is Aidan Farrell. He pointed out that it has only been realised in recent times that changing facilities had been designed with only male players in mind.

He started by saying that the facilities in Creggs are not just for Rugby.

The first draw will take place this evening at 8pm live on the Creggs RFC Facebook Page.

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