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Just 81 student bed spaces created in Galway in two years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just 81 student bed spaces were created in Galway over the past two years.
That’s according to a new report from the Higher Education Authority on national development activity on student accommodation.
The figure for Galway is in stark contrast to Dublin, where over two thousand student bed spaces have been delivered since 2016.
However, permission was granted during that time for several student accommodation projects in Galway – including 345 bed spaces at Galway Docks and 147 spaces at Fairgreen Road.
Plans have also been submitted for a major development at the site of the Westwood Hotel in Newcastle which would offer 400 spaces.
NUI Galway is also currently developing an on-site accommodation project which will cater for over 400 students.
More from Junior Education Minister Mary Mitchell O’ Connor at 1

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Warning Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway “extremely busy”

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Statement from Saolta Hospital Group 27th July 2021

The Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway has been extremely busy this week with higher than average numbers of people attending.

There is ongoing pressure on bed availability in the hospital and we regret that many patients are currently experiencing long waiting times to be admitted from the ED to an acute bed in the hospital.

We ask people to contact their GP or the Westdoc Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent.

We would also like to remind patients that the Injury Unit in Roscommon University Hospital is open from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to treat a range of injuries in both adults and children over five years of age.

We are committed to treating everyone who presents at our ED but we do so strictly in order of medical priority and apologise for the long wait times.

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Galway has fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway now has the fourth highest COVID-19 incidence rate nationwide.

According to the latest health figures, the infection rate per 100,000 of population in the city and county now stands at 439.

With 1,134 cases of COVID-19 recorded in the city and county over the past two weeks, the incidence rate in Galway now stands at 439.

That’s a 40% increase on this time last week, when the infection rate stood at 256 – with 663 cases recorded over that two-week period.

Nationwide, Donegal has the highest incidence rate at 952, followed by Louth at 603, Laois at 454 and then Galway.

Meanwhile there are 16 patients being treated for COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today – with 12 at UHG and four at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

Two of the patients are being treated in the intensive care unit at UHG.

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Anger over destructive vandalism to facilities at Loughrea Lake

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local councillor is expressing anger at destructive vandalism at facilities at Loughrea Lake over the weekend.

Councillor Moegie Maher says there’s been considerable physical damage caused, as well as graffiti sprayed on the freshly painted walls.

Graffiti has been a persistent issue at the popular amenity in recent years – though the latest developments mark a major escalation in the vandalism.

Over the weekend, vandals damaged bathroom fixtures and piping, kicked down doors, sprayed graffiti on internal walls and also set a number of bins on fire.

Councillor Maher says Gardaí are doing all they can, and due to GDPR issues, CCTV cannot be installed at the location.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, he outlined what happened over the weekend.

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