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Little boy who died in lift incident to be buried in Galway city tomorrow




Galway Bay fm newsroom – A little boy who died following an incident in a lift in a building in Galway city earlier this week will be buried in the city tomorrow.

Solomon Soremekun will be laid to rest following a prayer service.

The 3 year old died after he became trapped in the lift shaft at Hynes Building on Monday afternoon.

The toddler was with his mother and three sisters at the social protection offices in the building at around 3p.m. on Monday when the incident occurred.

The family had moved from Dublin to Galway just after Christmas.

The facility in Hynes Building on Augustine Street was closed afterwards for a time for Gardai and HSA officials to carry out an examination, and to establish how the boy came to be trapped in the lift shaft

The lift entrances have been sealed and locked as part of the investigation into the incident which Gardai described as a tragic accident

City solicitor Gerard O’Donnell, who represented the husband of Savita Halappanavar following her death at UHG, is representing Soloman’s mother.

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78 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, nationally 1335 cases and 54 deaths




Galway Bay newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 54 additional deaths related to COVID-19. 

50 deaths occurred in January.

The median age of those who died is 85 years and the age range is 55-96 years. 

There has been a total of 3,120 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Tuesday 26th January, the HPSC has been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 191,182* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 618 are men / 711 are women
  • 54% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 43 years old
  • 437 in Dublin, 114 in Cork, 78 in Galway, 71 in Meath, 61 in Louth and the remaining 574 cases are spread across all other counties**

As of 2pm today, 1,670 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 217 are in ICU. 81 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The current 14 day incidence remains more than double the peak incidence experienced during previous Level 5 measures in October, therefore, now is not the time to drop your guard and start to interact with people outside your household. The risk of transmission in the community remains very high. We must continue to work towards reducing incidence of disease and preventing further hospitalisations and deaths.”

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.


*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 4 confirmed cases. The figure of 191,182 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

  • 7 Day Incidence is 249.7
  • 5-day moving average is 1,383

Today’s cases, 5 day moving average ,14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 26 January 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 26Jan2021)5 day moving average (to midnight 26Jan2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (13Jan2021 to 26Jan2021)New Cases during last 14 days (13Jan2021 to 26Jan2021)

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

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Public information meeting to discuss new cross-city bus link




Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public information meeting will take place online tomorrow to discuss a proposed new cross-city bus link.

It would provide a new public transport corridor linking the west and east of the city.

Tomorrow’s meeting will provide information on the BusConnects Galway Cross-City link, which would run from University Road to the Dublin Road.

It’ll be a public transport corridor linking the western and eastern suburbs, through the city centre.

The project, funded through the NTA, aims to connect homes with places of work, study, retail and recreation, with improve public transport journey times and reliability.

It envisions the creation of high-quality public spaces, new and upgraded pedestrian and cyclist facilities, and priority for public transport, making it easier to move through the city.

Tomorrow’s meeting is organised by Galway Chamber in association with Galway City Council – and aims to provide an insight into the scheme and the outcomes it will bring for businesses in the city.

The online meeting will take place tomorrow morning between 9.30 and 11am – further information can be found at

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NUIG announces first university partnership in Ireland aimed at building leadership skills




Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has announced a new partnership with LIFT Ireland that is the first of its kind in the country, aimed at building leadership skills across third level institutions.

LIFT Ireland is a non-profit initiative to raise the level of leadership nationwide through the development of key leadership qualities and skills.

It provides training to a wide range of groups – ranging from multi-national corporations to SMEs, NGOs, schools, sports organisations and individuals.

The programme is delivered through roundtable sessions, which focus on key leadership values, such as honesty, competence, accountability, empathy, respect and positive attitude.

Today’s announcement of the parternship between NUI Galway and LIFT will see more than 200 staff and students trained as facilitators by April.

These facilitators will then go on to help train a further 1,500 staff and students at NUI Galway in leadership skills throughout the year.

These students at NUI Galway who availed of the pilot scheme last year share their experience of the leadership training.

NUI Galway President Professor Ciarán Ó hOgartaigh says the new partnership will play an important role in cementing NUI Galway’s position as a leading university – for more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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