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Luke Ming Flanagan to host Galway debate over Irish neutrality

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – MEP for Midlands Northwest Luke Ming Flanagan is to host a public meeting in the city this week to discuss Irish neutrality.
The event entiled ‘Are we heading towards an EU army?’ will be held in the NUIG ILAS building on Thursday evening at 7 (08/11).
It’s set to explore issues of Irish neutrality, Permanent Structured Cooperation and EU militarisation.
Speakers include Dail Deputies Clare Daly, Mick Wallace, Thomas Pringle and Galway West TD Catherine Connolly.
More at 10

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390 new cases of COVID-19 nationally, and no new deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has been a total of 1,802 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday, 27 September, the HPSC has been notified of 390 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 35,377* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today;

·         189 are men /199 are women

·         66% are under 45 years of age

·         36% are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case

·         45 cases have been identified as community transmission

·         209 cases are in Dublin, 27 in Cork, 22 in Donegal, 21 in Galway,14 in Kildare, 14 in Monaghan, 7 in Roscommon, 7 in Tipperary, 7 in Waterford, 7 in Wexford, 6 in Limerick, 6 in Longford, 5 in Laois, 5 in Meath, 5 in Offaly, 5 in Sligo, with the remaining 23 cases in 8 counties.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

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

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said:

“I am asking everyone, but particularly those living and working in Cork, Galway, Monaghan and Roscommon, to adhere to the public health advice. There is still time to get the virus back under control in these areas, break the chains of transmission and stop the spread of this highly infectious disease in these communities.

“We know the key actions to take to stay safe, by keeping a 2m distance, reducing your social contacts, wearing a face mask, covering coughs and sneezes and staying at home and contacting your GP if you start to feel unwell, you are doing everything you can to take care of yourself and those around you.”

Jerick Martin, Healthcare worker, said: “I was a fit and healthy man in my thirties, working and enjoying my life. Within five days of experiencing my first symptoms of COVID-19 I was admitted to hospital, where I spent 68 days in intensive care, most of that time on a ventilator, in an induced coma. This disease does not care that you are young, fit and healthy. It does not care that you have a family who are waiting for you to come home. Anyone can catch it, and anyone can become very sick.”

Dr. Michael Power, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine, Beaumount Hospital, said: “Jerick Martin’s story and experience tell us that the COVID virus was and remains unforgiving, unrelenting and dangerous. It reminds us that compliance with public health measures is to key to limiting the spread of this disease.”

Lorna Fitzpatrick, President of the Union of Students in Ireland said: “This is a really difficult time for young people, but students have a vital role to play in keeping everyone in the community safe. My message to students today is to keep the public health guidelines in mind when you are making plans and decisions about where to go and who to see. Also, it is so important to take care of your mental health at this time. Make sure you are reaching out to friends and family on the phone, online and in small, safe ways in person. Remember that talking to others and asking for help when you need it is essential at the moment.”

Liam Woods, HSE National Director, Acute Operations said: “The front line on COVID-19 is in the ICU wards and in the hospitals. As numbers increase in the community, the pressure on healthcare workers and frontline services intensifies. We need to continue to pull together in the coming weeks to minimise the spread of the disease in our homes, our communities and our workplaces, to ease the pressure on vital COVID and non-COVID healthcare services.”

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Bus Eireann to cease Galway to Dublin Expressway route from next year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Bus Eireann is to cut it’s Intercity Galway to Dublin Route next year due to the financial impact of Covid-19.

The move has been branded a consolidation of the expressway services as a response to the challenges faced during the pandemic and to secure Expressway’s 14 other national routes.

Bus Eireann’s Expressway service from Galway to Dublin and return currently make up 10 of the 15 departures a day.

Other services under threat are the Dublin routes to Cork and Limerick- while the bus to Belfast is to be suspended.

The X51 service from Galway to Limerick and Shannon Airport which ceased to operate during the summer will now formally be cancelled.

While no date has been set for the cancellation of the service, its expected the routes will cease early next year.

The National Bus and Rail Union says its been assured there will be no job losses.

Its General Secretary is Dermot O’Leary – he says its down to politicians to fight for their local bus service.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Ann Rabbitte says she and her colleagues will certainly fight for constituents to have access to public transport.

However, Minister Rabbitte says now more than ever we need more buses on the road, not fewer.

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County Council adopts strategy to better communicate with social housing tenants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Galway County Council have adopted a strategy aimed at better communication with people living in its social housing estates throughout the County.

The strategy is aimed at supporting tenants and identifying issues and problems at an early stage.

Galway County Council’s Tenancy Sustainment Strategy lists anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol dependency, rent arrears, mental health issues and domestic violence among the concern relating to social housing estates.

The Director of Services for Housing, Liam Hanrahan, stated that the Strategy adopted this week aimed to prevent problems and to initiate corrective and supportive action at an early stage.

A follow up anti-social behaviour strategy will be issued in November.

Councillors Joe Byrne and Colm Keaveney both stressed this was a supportive measure for tenants and that the next step was equally important in preventing undesirable behaviour in estates.

In a related announcement it was clarified that that Galway City Council will, in future, advise the County Council in advance of any plans it has to purchase houses for social housing purposes in the County area.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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