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Hundreds attend Connemara rally for outgoing language commissioner

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Around 600 people attended a rally in Connemara this afternoon as a token of thanks to outgoing Irish language commissioner Seán Ó’Cuirreáin.

An Coimisinéar Teanga stepped down from his post today, and was presented with a letter of gratitude at the Department of the Gaeltacht offices.

The former commissioner has voiced his dissatisfaction with the state’s support for the commissioner’s office and the rights of Irish speakers.

A framed letter thanking him for his work as Coimisinéar Teanga was presented to Seán Ó’Cuirreáin at his office in Spiddal, on his last day in the job after 10 years.

Mr Ó’Cuirreáin thanked the organisers of today’s event for their support and he also gave his best wishes to the new commissioner, Ronán O’Domhnaill.

The march then moved to the Department of the Gaeltacht headquarters in Furbo, where a letter was handed in for the attention of the Minister of State Dinny McGinley.

The letter outlined a number of demands aimed at establishing the Irish language in a stronger position across the entire spectrum of the state’s services.

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Cocaine and cannabis seized after search of house and field in Turloughmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai have arrested two men after seizing suspected cocaine and cannabis herb worth over 122 thousand euro in Turloughmore.

The drugs and four thousand euro in cash were recovered at a house and field in Turloughmore last evening at around 5:30.

During the search of the house they located and seized €28,000 worth of suspected cocaine and €10,000 worth of suspected cannabis. Gardaí also seized almost €4,000 in cash, a weighing scales and mixing agent.

When Gardai started to search the house, one man fled into a nearby field

He was pursued by Gardaí, and observed discarding items in the field.

Gardaí recovered a further €84,200 worth of cocaine in this field following the pursuit.

This man, who is in his early 30s, was arrested.

Gardaí also arrested a second man, in his mid-30s, who was present in the house at the time.

Both were detained under the provisions of Section 2 of the Drug Trafficking Act 1996 at North Western Regional Headquarters, in Murrough, Galway.

They have since been charged in connection with the drugs seizure and will appear before Galway District Court this afternoon.

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UHG hospital management now entering Level 4 ICU escalation plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Hospital management at UHG are now preparing to enter Level 4 of their ICU escalation plan.

There are 133 COVID-19 patients at the acute city hospital with 17 cases in the ICU.

Critical care at UHG is now at Level 3 with a plan to move to Level 4 escalation shortly due to growing demands on the unit.

Saolta Chief Operating Officer Ann Cosgrove told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that significant staff absense is also presenting additional challenges.

She said the hospital is managing and commended staff for their dedication and care during the most challenging period of the pandemic so far:
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Ann Cosgrove has made an urgent appeal to the Galway public to stay apart, not to have visitors to your home and to recognise the real risk around you…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Galway’s COVID-19 14-day incidence rate down only marginally week-on-week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s COVID-19 14 day incidence rate has dropped only marginally week-on-week.

The latest figures from NPHET show Galway’s infection rate per 100,000 of population stands at 1041 – a drop of 4% since last Thursday.

2866 cases of coronavirus have been recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks – including 1,222 over the last seven days.

At 1041, Galway’s incidence rate stands mid-table nationwide.

Monaghan has the highest rate at 2264, followed by Waterford at 1792, while Leitrim has the lowest at 468.

It comes as Galway is one of the only county’s nationwide which is experiencing an ongoing rise in COVID-19 cases – with 148 reported last evening.

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