Galway Bay fm newsroom:
The fact that electricity bills will jump by 54 euro a year from Thursday, to subsidise renewable energy is ‘completely unjustifiable.’
That’s according to Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten who says that’s despite the fact that 44 thousand homes won’t even been supplied with green energy.
It comes as the Commission for the Regulation of Utilities announced during the summer that bills would be increasing by 54 euro to subsidise the cost of generating renewable electricity from wind and other sources.
Deputy Naughten argues, however, that hidden in the detail is the fact that over the next 12 months the CRU expects 83 megawatts less renewable energy will be generated, which equates to 44 homes.
The Independent TD is calling for the regulator to explain why these pay hikes are being imposed on families now.
Deputy Naughten says we can’t expect that tax payer to continually fund the cost of renewable energy.
1,031 new cases of Covid-19 – with 60 in Galway and no further deaths
There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.
There has now been a total of 1,852 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.
As of midnight Sunday, 18th October, the HPSC has been notified of 1,031 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 50,993 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.
Of the cases notified today;
- 511 are men / 518 are women
- 70% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 30 years old
- 235 in Dublin, 232 in Cork, 60 in Galway, 47 in Limerick, 47 in Kerry, and the remaining 410 cases are spread across 21 counties.
As of 2pm today, 298 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 34 are in ICU. 20 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.
Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “If you have symptoms of COVID-19, if you are waiting for a test result or if you are a confirmed case, you must self-isolate for 10 days from when you first develop symptoms. Self-isolation means staying in your room, away from other members of your household.
“If you live in a house with a confirmed case do not go to work or school. You must stay at home and restrict your movements for 14 days.”
The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.
12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today but none in ICU
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 12 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today, but none are being treated in intensive care units.
That’s according to HSE figures which show that nationally, 290 COVID-19 patients are attending acute hospitals.
10 patients are being treated for coronavirus at UHG today, while two people are receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.
However, no Covid patients are being treated in the ICU at either facility.
A further 11 patients are undergoing general treatment for suspected cases of the virus across both hospitals – with 6 at UHG and 5 at Portiuncula Hospital.
Overall, 31 patients are receiving care for COVID-19 in ICU’s across the country today – with 23 being placed on ventilators.
Government preparing to move to level five for six weeks
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A six week lockdown is on the cards as Ministers are meeting to consider moving the country to level five restrictions.
Party leaders are understood to have approved the escalation of measures and are now consulting with their party colleagues.
After senior Ministers met health officials earlier this afternoon a shift in approach was decided on.
Instead of a level 4 plus which had been talked about the recommendation gone to Ministers is to put the country to level five restrictions for six weeks.
That means the second lockdown would last until the start of December.
It’s expected the measures will take effect tomorrow midnight or Wednesday.
Level five would mean travel being limited to within 5 kilometres of your home.
It’s expected schools will be allowed to stay open.
Elite sport will be allowed to be played even under level five.
A ban on evictions will be part of the new measures while a system of fines for breaches is being finalised.
The idea of social bubbles is also still on the table to allow lonely or vulnerable people to be cared for.
All non-essential retail will close and pubs and restaurants will move to takeaway only.
The measures have yet to be signed off on by the cabinet which is meeting at the moment, but it looks like a long lockdown will be announced tonight.