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Leo Varadkar ‘deeply regrets’ Sean Canney leaving Independent Alliance

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach says he deeply regrets that Galway East Deputy Sean Canney is leaving the Independent Alliance.
Independent Deputy Canney revealed on Galway Bay FM this morning that he had decided to leave the group after a row over a Junior Ministry.
He was due to swap the role of OPW Minister with Kevin Boxer Moran following an alleged agreement that it would be a rotating position on an annual basis.
However, the Independent Alliance has decided Boxer should remain in place until the end of the lifetime of the government.
Leo Varadkar says they’ll discuss next week if Mr Canney can stay as assistant chief whip and keep the 15,000 euro payment that comes with it.
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Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to host webinar on community cohesion during COVID-19

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland is to host a webinar discussing community cohesion during COVID-19.

The online event will bring a number of key speakers together to discuss various issues around COVID-19 and the need for community resilience.

These include, Minister for Public Health Frank Feighan, Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell and Assistant Garda Commissioner Paula Hilman.

The webinar will be streamed live on YouTube this Saturday, 28th November, at 5:00 pm.

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Over 1100 COVID-19 tests carried out in Galway last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,100 COVID-19 tests were carried out in Galway last week.

966 of these were carried out at the Carnmore testing base at the former Galway Airport site.

154 were completed at the testing base at the NUIG campus.

The volume of tests has significantly reduced in recent weeks when compared to early November when 2,400 tests were carried out.

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NUI Galway coordinates first in man clinical trial of pioneering approach heart bypass surgery

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A high-level research team from NUI Galway is coordinating the first in man trial of a pioneering approach to bypass surgery.

The study will see surgeons plan and carry out coronary artery bypass grafting, based solely on non-invasive CT images of the patient’s coronary arteries.

The location and severity of blockages are assessed using CT scans after dye is put in a vein of the arm, without the need for invasive catheterisation.

The trial is being lead by the University’s CORRIB Research Centre for Advanced Imaging and Core Lab.

Researchers say the results of the trial have the potential to simplify the treatment for patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting.

The study is being conducted across Europe on 114 patients who have severe blockages in multiple vessels which are limiting blood flow to the heart muscle.

Chairperson of the trial and NUIG Professor Patrick Serruys says the results could lead to a dramatic change in health care.

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