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MEP for Galway says farmers could lose out in EU budgets

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An MEP for this region is warning that the agriculture industry could lose out significantly when it comes to future EU budgets.
The European Parliament this week set out its position on the next long-term EU budget which begins in 2021.
MEPs have prioritised certain areas such as research programmes, support to young people and small firms as well as making up for any shortfall caused by Brexit.
They’ve also said the EU budget should fund new priorities such as modern and sustainable farming.
MEP Marian Harkin, who represents Galway at European level, says Ireland needs to prepare for a tough battle ahead.

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Ireland now has lowest 14 day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the European Union

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ireland now has the lowest 14 day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the European Union, according to the Chief Medical Officer.

It’s now estimated to be just under 85, which Dr. Tony Holohan says we need to ‘hold firm’ at.

5 more deaths and 270 new cases have been reported.

Dublin accounts for 58 of those new infections, with 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo and 24 in Limerick.

The remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 different counties – 5 are in Galway, which means the recent spike in cases has ended.

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Local TD Denis Naughten adds his voice to campaign for additional paid leave for frontline workers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD is calling for additional paid annual leave for frontline workers who have been working throughout the pandemic.

Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten says employees who have been running hospitals and community services through two waves of the emergency should be acknowledged with additional paid leave at a minimum.

He say workers within the health system and other services such as essential retail, should receive some acknowledgement from their employers of the trojan work they put in throughout this year

The independent TD first raised the idea with the Taoiseach several months ago, and was assured at the time that the proposal would be looked into.

Deputy Naughten’s latest push comes as the Scottish Government has pledged to pay every NHS and social care worker a £500 Covid bonus and as the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation takes up the issue with the HSE.

Deputy General Secretary of the INMO, David Hughes says they have lodged a claim with the health authority.

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5 further deaths from COVID-19 nationally, 270 new cases – 5 in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 2,074 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Tuesday 1st December, the HPSC has been notified of 270 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 73,066* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 141 are men / 129 are women
  • 63% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 37 years old
  • 58 in Dublin, 38 in Donegal, 28 in Wicklow, 25 in Mayo, 24 in Limerick and the remaining 97 cases are spread across 21 other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 231 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 27 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “It is important to keep up the progress that we have achieved in recent weeks. Ireland now has the lowest 14-day incidence of COVID-19 in the EU according the latest ECDC figures and we need to hold firm to this position. As the country moves into Level 3, there is no room for complacency in our response to COVID-19.

“As more services reopen for business, remember to use the basic public health advice as a guide when organising your time. When you are out in shops and accessing services, try to avoid high risk situations and wear a face covering when social distancing is not possible on busy streets and crowded outdoor areas. When you come home from shopping or being outdoors, remember that washing your hands is your first priority. For those of us who cannot work from home, the wearing of a face covering is now advised when moving around busy indoor workplaces and in communal work areas. If you are planning to travel around your county, consider first whether it is absolutely necessary to travel.

“Your individual actions are vital to our national effort to suppress the transmission of this disease.”

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

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**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 73,066 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 01 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 01Dec2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (18NOV to 01Dec2020)New Cases during last 14 days (18NOV to 01Dec2020)
Ireland27084.74033
Donegal38212.3338
Louth12175.4226
Kilkenny9145.1144
Limerick24134.4262
Wicklow28108.8155
Monaghan<5105.965
Dublin5898.91333
Mayo2596.5126
Carlow893.153
Longford<590.537
Tipperary780.9129
Waterford<574.987
Meath666.7130
Cork759.7324
Roscommon658.938
Kildare957.1127
Laois<555.547
Cavan<553.841
Sligo<551.934
Clare<547.156
Offaly<544.935
Galway544.6115
Kerry<539.358
Wexford<529.444
Westmeath<52724
Leitrim<515.65

Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 40.2.

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