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Incident log to combat racism to be launched by Galway Mayor

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online system for reporting incidents of racism will be launched in the city this morning.

The iReport Racist Incident Log will be launched by Mayor of Galway Pádraig Conneely.

The system allows victims of racism to report an incident confidentially to the Irish branch of the European Network Against Racism by filling out an online form.

The event has been organised by the Galway Traveller Movement, Galway City Community Forum and Galway City partnership.

The launch takes place at 11am at City Hall on College Road.

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Public consultation launched on Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation has been launched on the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029.

The plan will provide a framework for how the city will grow and develop during that time.

The new plan will build on the current Galway City Development Plan, which runs until 2023.

It’ll focus on a wide range of issues including housing, transportation, economic activity, climate change, community development, recreation facilities, parks, open spaces, arts, culture, heritage, and tourism.

Galway City Council is inviting everyone including residents, community groups and business owners who live or work within the city boundaries, to have their say on its future direction and growth.

The local authority says it’s particularly interested in hearing the views of children and young people in Galway City.

The public consultation is open until Friday, March 5th.

Submissions or observations can be made online at consult.galwaycity.ie – through post to the planning department at City Hall – or by emailing devplan@galwaycity.ie.

A series of public online meetings will also be held by The Galway City Community Network next month to discuss the development plan.

They’ll be themed ‘townhall’ style virtual meetings that will focus on specific topics on various dates between Wednesday, February 3rd and Monday the 22nd.

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City Council faces calls to respond to An Taisce report concerning raw sewage at River Corrib and Galway Bay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway City Council to respond to an An Taisce study which reported that large quantities of raw sewage are entering the River Corrib and Galway Bay.

The study compiled in Autumn 2020 states that the equivalent of 35 swimming pools of wastewater are entering the bodies of water in the city each month.

The investigation also claims the council failed to report frequent discharges of wastewater containing untreated sewage as individual incidents to the EPA.

City Councillor John Connolly has said the report indicates the Local Authority may have breached European regulations.

He’s calling for the council to provide more frequent updates on water quality in the city….

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78 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, nationally 1335 cases and 54 deaths

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Galway Bay newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 54 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 

50 deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 55-96 years. 

There has been a total of 3,120 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 26th January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 191,182* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 618 are men / 711 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 43 years old
  • 437 in Dublin, 114 in Cork, 78 in Galway, 71 in Meath, 61 in Louth and the remaining 574 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,670 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 81 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The current 14 day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October, therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household. The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 191,182 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.

  • 7 Day Incidence is 249.7
  • 5-day moving average is 1,383

Today’s cases, 5 day moving average ,14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 26 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 26Jan2021)5 day moving average (to midnight 26Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (13Jan2021 to 26Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (13Jan2021 to 26Jan2021)
Ireland1,3351,383674.232,103
Monaghan52421399.3859
Louth61681044.31,346
Carlow3024913.4520
Waterford4949885.71,029
Dublin437457788.310,621
Wexford2250759.41,137
Mayo3441757988
Limerick6155728.61,420
Meath7164701.91,369
Cavan2520682.6520
Donegal4842656.41,045
Offaly2735643.9502
Cork114137634.63,445
Kildare54495951,324
Galway7861574.31,482
Laois1617557.3472
Tipperary2934555.3886
Clare2422504.1599
Wicklow3126436621
Sligo614398.3261
Kilkenny1014374.9372
Westmeath2218367.2326
Longford1310347.4142
Kerry1420347.3513
Roscommon<56336.2217
Leitrim55271.587

~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.

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