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Irish Water defends out of hours communication methods

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Water is defending its out-of-hours communication methods after a major water outage in the west of the city.
The supply problems followed a burst water main in the area over the bank holiday weekend.

Customers in parts of Knocknacarra, Kingston Road and the surrounding areas were affected, and over 50 of these residents contacted Irish Water in relation to the outage.
The utility has come under fire for its communications methods – with City Councillor Niall McNelis claiming the company could not be reached on its various helplines.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Irish Water says the mains burst was an unplanned incident and it was therefore impossible to forewarn customers.
Meanwhile, the utility says increased seasonal demand on the water supply in the Roundstone area of Connemara is to blame for poor water pressure or a lack of supply there in recent weeks.
Irish Water has been called out on a number of occasions since late July, but no solution has been found.
As a result, the fire service has been called out in a bid to pump water in for hotels, guesthouses and other businesses in the area.
Locals are concerned that the ongoing water supply issues could seriously damage the area’s tourism business.
Irish Water says its website is kept up to date with all supply issues and service notifications, planned or unplanned.
It also says it operates a dedicated Monday to Friday phone line for elected representatives, while out-of-hours queries are dealt with by its call centre.

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Gardai appeal for information following damage to boat at Oughterard Pier

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardai in Oughterard are appealing for information after a boat was damaged in Oughterard last month.

Significant damage was caused to the rear of the boat while it was moored at Oughterard Pier and Gardaí believe the damage was caused by another vessel, or pleasure craft.

The incident is believed to have happened on a date between the 12th and 17th of May.

Gardaí are interested in speaking with anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the pier on these dates and who may be able to assist them with their enquiries.

In particular they are anxious to talk to anyone who may have witnessed a collision with this boat or who may have video footage, including dash cam footage, of this location covering the dates in question.

Anyone with information is asked to make contact with Garda Peter Naughton at Oughterard Garda Station on (091) 557320 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.

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LISTEN: Seamus Walsh is elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Connemara Municipal District

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus Walsh is new Cathaoirleach of Connemara Municipal District

He was elected at last evening’s meeting, where warm tributes were paid to outgoing chairman Fianna Fáil councillor Gerry King

He was praised for how he carried out his duties in the difficult and unprecedented year of the pandemic. 

Councillor Walsh started by saying the most immediate danger to their location was the county development plan

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319 new cases of COVID-19 in the Republic

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 319 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic.

60 patients are in hospital with the virus – the lowest in almost nine months.

That includes 23 in intensive care – which is the lowest this year.

There are no COVID patients in UHG and 3 in Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe, one of whom is in ICU.

The 14-day incidence rate is 113 per 100,000 people, as of Wednesday night.

There were 126 cases of the Indian or Delta variant by May 29th.

Meanwhile, as coronavirus infections rise in Britain, the British Medical Association is calling for the final easing of restrictions in England to be delayed.

The UK government’s due to announce on Monday whether the last stage of its roadmap will go ahead on June the 21st.

The BMA says it shouldn’t happen until there’s a better understanding, of how the recent increase in cases affects the number of people in hospital.

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