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Man dies in Headford house fire

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has died in a house fire in Headford overnight.

3 units of the fire brigade and emergency services rushed to the scene of the blaze, which broke out at a house in Liss around 1 o’ clock this morning.

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Two men were in the house at the time.

One of the men managed to escape without serious injuries, however a second man in his early 60s died in the fire.

Gardaí have sealed off the house pending a technical examination this morning.

Meanwhile, crews also battled gorse fires in Connemara overnight.

The first blaze started at Lettermullen at 11.30p.m, while another vegetation fire broke out at Derryrush, Rosmuck just after midnight.

Fire crews were also called to a shed fire at Stradbally, Clarinbridge just after midnight, but no-one was injured in that incident.

The man who died in the Headford house fire has not been named until his family have been informed.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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