Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man in his 30s remains in the Intensive Care Unit at UHG this tea-time following a single vehicle crash on the Tuam road at around 5 this morning
The man was the only occupant of the car, which is understood to have hit a wall at Cloonacauneen
The Tuam road was closed for eight hours to allow for a technical examination causing major traffic problems during the morning rush hour
Yesterday a road crash on the Monivea road near Carnmore claimed the life of 70 year old William Donoghue from Briarhill.
LISTEN: Galway Deputy warns of a crisis developing in the Home Care sector
Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A major crisis is developing in the Home Care sector due to the lack of Home Care workers.
This is a warning from Galway East independent TD Sean Canney who said that the Government needs to tackle this issue as a matter of urgency by paying reasonable rates of pay to home help workers and to ensure that the terms and conditions are attractive for workers.
Deputy Canney said that home care hours are being allocated to people in need of such help but the hours are not being delivered due to the fact that there is a severe shortage of home care workers.
Speaking this morning, Deputy Canney started by saying that he felt that the rates of pay that home care workers are getting are not attractive enough for the work that they do:
Oranmore site could miss out on securing a new multi-billion euro Intel microchip manufacturing plant.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The site in Oranmore that was chosen as a possible location for a multi-billion euro Intel manufacturing plant, could miss out on being selected.
The former firing range had been placed on a narrowed list, with Germany and Poland, as possible locations for the facility, which could bring 10,000 jobs.
However, the Business Post reports that the site’s chances of securing the plant are said to be in doubt due to current strains on the country’s energy infrastructure and water services.
The paper highlights a growing mismatch between electricity demand and power generation, driven by a surge in data centres connected to the grid and wider electrification of the economy.
Intel’s chief executive last week confirmed an Irish site had been shortlisted as one of 10 possible locations for the new microchip mega-factory.
A decision on its final location’s expected to be made before the end of this year.
Thousands return to the office tomorrow as part of the latest easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Tens of thousands of workers will be able to return to the office for the first time in 18 months from tomorrow.
It’s when the second phase of the governments roadmap out of Covid-19 restrictions take effect.
Rules around indoor group activities, for the likes of bowling or dance classes, will ease, while limits on outdoor group activities will also be removed.
It comes ahead of the full easing of restrictions later next month.
Statement from the Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar T.D. on easing of restrictions and phased return to work
The Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar today (Sunday 19 September) wished employers and workers the best for tomorrow as Ireland enters a new phase of easing restrictions.
From tomorrow (Monday 20 September), thousands of businesses including indoor dance, yoga, pilates studios, art classes and indoor sports and fitness classes, will all be permitted for up to 100 people, provided all participants are immune. A requirement to maintain pods of six participants will be in place where those attending have mixed immunity status. All restrictions on outdoor group activities will also be removed meaning no upper limit on numbers.
The Tánaiste said:
“Tomorrow is a big day for thousands of businesses who are opening their doors for the first time since the pandemic and thousands of more people getting back to work. It has been an incredibly challenging 18 months for those running indoor activities. Business owners have had to make huge changes to their business, from moving outdoors to moving online. Your efforts to date have doubtless saved lives.
“Now, thanks to the success of the vaccination programme, we are in a position to ease restrictions further and allow these indoor activities take place, including indoor exercise classes, bands, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, chess, bridge and other indoor activities. All restrictions on outdoor group activities will be removed.
“We are now one of the best in the world for vaccine uptake, 90% of people over 16 are now double-jabbed. It’s a testament to the Irish people for trusting the science, trusting our health care professionals and protecting each other. I wish all those returning to work tomorrow for the first time, the very best and thank you for all you have done over the pandemic.”
From tomorrow, the phased return to the office will also begin.
The Tánaiste said:
“From tomorrow, the public health advice no longer requires working from home and a phased return to the office begins. I know many are looking forward to returning to the office, to see their colleagues who they’ve only seen through a screen for the past 18 months, in person. For those who were recruited during the pandemic, it will be the first time ever they’ve been in the office or met their co-workers – even after over a year working together in some cases.
“The pandemic has taught us what’s possible in terms of remote working. It transformed the world of work overnight. I hope we can learn something from what worked for workers and employers during that time and incorporate it post-Covid. We really want to see remote working become a permanent fixture of Irish working life. I hope employers are speaking to their staff to figure out what works best for them and the business as this phased return begins.”