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Justice Minister urged to reinvestigate case of Aran Islands soldier in Lebanon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has been urged to reinvestigate the case of an Irish soldier from the Aran Islands who went missing while serving in the Lebannon in 1981.

The matter was raised by Donegal Sinn Fein TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn in the Dail where he asked the Justice Minister if the case remains open.

Aran Islander Private Kevin Joyce and Private Hugh Doherty andwere serving with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon , when on 27 April 1981, an observation post manned by them came under attack.

Private Doherty was later found dead from gunshot wounds and Private Joyce was missing.

Alan Shatter said his disappearance has been the subject of ongoing investigation by successive Irish units in UNIFIL.

These include a Military Police investigation in 1985, an investigation by the 88th battalion in 2000 and a senior officer delegation in 2005.

However, he says to date no information has surfaced to assist the investigation.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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