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Major water outages affecting Knocknacarra area of city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A major water outage is affecting the Knocknacarra area of the city this morning.
The disruptions were first reported shortly after 7am, but residents are being advised it may be some time before the supply is restored.
Irish Water is aware of the situation; however it’s understood it has so far not been able to identify the source of the problem.
Irish Water customer care can be contacted on 1850 278 278.

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Shannon masterplan set to see major redevelopment of Connacht Harbour in Portumna

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A masterplan for the Shannon is being unveiled today and includes a major redevelopment of Connacht Harbour in Portumna.

The Shannon tourism masterplan sets out to invest more than €70 million in visitor facilities in the Shannon river region by 2030 and aims to boost visitor numbers by 400,000 over the next 9 years.

The re-development of Connacht Harbour in Portumna would include a significant expansion of the number of mooring berths in the harbour for public use.

There would also be the addition of a canoe step for access to the Lough Derg Blueway; additional onshore facilities such as seating and picnic areas; a new cycle and walking trail linking Connacht Harbour to the town and Lough Derg Blueway.

The masterplan would also provide additional parking facilities to the existing car park and improved visual impact of the harbour by creating a sense of arrival in the town.

The project is led by Waterways Ireland with Fáilte Ireland and 10 Local Authorities along the River Shannon and Shannon-Erne Waterway.

Three key themes are identified in the plan, The Shannon, Mighty River of Ireland, Shannon Journey’s and Adventures and The Natural Timeless Shannon.

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Work to commence on new cardiothoracic ward at UHG in May

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are to get underway on a long awaited new cardiothoracic ward at UHG in the coming months.

The HSE says funding approval is being finalised for the project, with work earmarked to begin in May.

The matter has been raised at Regional Health Forum West level

The Forum previously heard of repeated delays to the project due to challenges in finding alternative locations for the existing services at UHG.

Cardiothoracic surgery involves the treatment of diseases affecting organs inside the thorax – which are typically conditions of the heart and lungs.

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40 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 687 nationwide with 1 additional death

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19.

This death occurred in January.

There has been a total of 4,319* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Sunday 28th February, the HPSC has been notified of 687 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 220,273** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 352 are men / 334 are female
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 30 years old
  • 240 in Dublin, 49 in Limerick, 44 in Offaly, 40 in Galway, 36 in Louth and the remaining 278 cases are spread across 19 other counties***.

As of 8am today, 540 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 120 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 26th, 426,070 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 285,780 people have received their first dose
  • 140,290 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, the Department of Health said; “While the number of daily cases and the number of people in hospital and critical care remain high, we continue to make progress. In the last 24 hours, we have had no new admissions to critical care, the first time this has happened since St. Stephen’s Day. This is one more tangible signal of the efforts that people continue to make and how those efforts are impacting positively on the trajectory of COVID-19 in Ireland. Please stick with this over the coming weeks.”

Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit, ESRI said; “Data from the Public Opinion Tracking Survey Research (Amárach/Department of Health) and from the new Social Activity Measure (ESRI/Department of the Taoiseach), give insight into how people are coping with the prolonged period of restrictions. The evidence shows that while people are finding it tough going, the large majority (79%) believe that preventing the spread of Covid-19 is more important than the burden of restrictions. Just 10% disagree.

“This pattern helps to explain how measures of compliance have been rising in recent weeks and months, despite the frustrations that people feel,” said Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit at the ESRI, who analysed the data. “Just because we feel a particular way, does not mean that this feeling dictates our behaviour. Rather, the large majority of people in Ireland support the restrictions and are sticking to them, despite the frustrations.

“The data also show systematic misperceptions about socially activity. Presently, half the adult population does not meet up with anyone outside their household over a 48-hour period, with less than one quarter meeting up with three or more. Yet these more socially active people believe that they are meeting fewer people than average.

“There is a clear misperception. Most people believe that others are enjoying more of a social life than they are. Those who are in fact most socially active do not realise this. The finding is important, and we need to try to correct this misperception. When people appreciate effort being made by others, they typically become more likely to follow.”

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 1 death. The figure of 4,319 deaths reflects this.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 6 confirmed cases. The figure of 220,273 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.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 28 February 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases*** (to midnight 28Feb2021)5-Day Moving Average of New Cases14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 28Feb2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 28Feb2021)
Ireland687684209.29,964
Offaly4427433.6338
Longford011352.3144
Dublin240277287.73,877
Limerick4942280.7547
Westmeath2422273.7243
Louth3626270348
Laois1213265.7225
Galway4039257.7665
Mayo2417234.5306
Monaghan97231.3142
Meath3233221.5432
Waterford<58211.7246
Carlow910207.3118
Kildare1622204.9456
Tipperary2620200.6320
Donegal3127191304
Cavan106156.2119
Clare69142.2169
Leitrim<53140.445
Roscommon14611071
Wicklow<5797.6139
Wexford5888.2132
Sligo5482.454
Kilkenny<5479.679
Cork322667.4366
Kerry8953.579

~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.

  • 7-day incidence 95.9
  • 5-day moving average 684
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