Galway Bay fm newsroom – Islanders are concerned over the proposed interim use of Shannon airport to provide flights to the Aran Islands.
The Gaeltacht Minister is being urged to accelerate plans to secure the future of an air service for the three islands from Na Minna airport.
Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne has ensured there will be an air service from the Aran Islands after December 6th, when Aer Arann will cease its Public Service Obligation contract.
However there is still no clarity about the long term future of the air service following this week’s discussions between the Department of the Gaeltacht, Aer Arann and Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh.
Islanders have been told that if no agreement is reached, an alternative air service will operate from Shannon airport.
It’s understood discussions are ongoing on the possible sale of Na Minna airport to the State.
Tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour to hear Cathy Ni Ghoill of the SOS committee for the Aran Islands air service
Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals falls below 20 for second time this year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals have fallen below 20 for just the second time this year.
There are 19 patients being treated for the virus in the city and county today – with 12 at UHG and seven at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.
That’s the lowest figure since last Thursday, while Coronavirus hospitalisations in Galway are now at the lowest point since the start of the third wave at the end of December.
Of the 19 patients being treated in Galway’s acute hospitals this afternoon six are in ICU – with five at UHG and one at Portiuncula.
Nationwide, 537 people are being treated in public hospitals, while there are 134 patients in ICU.
Infectious diseases consultant Professor Sam McConkey says the country’s collective efforts have cut infections and bought time for the vaccination drive…
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Concerns raised over bus capacity as children return to school across Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over bus capacity issues as children return to schools across Galway today.
City Councillor Martina O’Connor has said it’s vital that no child is left behind as the education sector reopens.
She argues earlier school returns throughout the pandemic have seen numerous incidents of buses being too full to collect school going children from bus stops.
Councillor O’Connor accepts there is a need for reduced capacity on public transport but says the Government must provide additional buses to make sure all children are catered for.
She says young people have suffered a lot in the last year and they deserve to travel to school in comfort.
Bank of Ireland to close three county Galway branches
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bank of Ireland is to close branches in Ballygar, Dunmore and Oughterard.
The bank is shutting 88 outlets in the Republic, and 15 in Northern Ireland.
The Bank will continue to operate with 169 branches, including 15 in Galway.
In a statement, the bank says it will be complemented by a new partnership with An Post, offering Bank of Ireland customers services at more than 66 post office locations across Galway city and county.
Staff have been briefed on this morning’s announcement, with the closures mainly affecting self-service branches and coming into effect by the end of September.