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Minister considering hay delivery to Galway port to address fodder crisis

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The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney is considering a proposal to have hay delivered via Galway port in a bid to address the fodder crisis.

Roscommon/South Leitrim Independent TD Denis Naughten says the Minister has confirmed he is exploring the idea of leasing a ship for such a delivery to Galway and other ports nationwide.

He says haulage of fodder by road is limiting the amount that can be imported and also costs substantially more than a large scale shipment.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Deputy Naughten says farmers are increasingly concerned because of a lack of carryover of fodder and cannot afford to wait for supply.

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Connemara seaweed company announces significant capital investment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara seaweed company Arramara Teo has announced plans to significantly upgrade its processing facility.

The investment will allow the Cill Chiaráin company to expand the range of species it currently harvests.

Until now Arramara has concentrated on processing seaweed specifically used in animal feed and soil enhancement products.

The planned upgrade will make Arramara a food-grade facility and secure jobs for its current 24 employees, while also providing more opportunities for local harvesters.

That’s according to the company’s Director Jim Keogh who’s confirmed that works are expected to commence in February.

He says it’s a major boost for the firm…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Gardai investigating vandalism to road signs in Claran and Headford

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai are investigating significant damage caused to road signs in the Claran and Headford areas over the weekend.

That’s according to Councillor Andrew Reddington, who says the damage was clearly caused by the front loader of a tractor.

He claims road signs in a number of locations have been damaged, buckled and even completely uprooted in some cases.

Fine Gael Councillor Reddington has an appeal to the parents of young people who are driving around late at night with tractors..

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Portiuncula Hospital records first confirmed case of COVID-19 in two weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe has recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in two weeks.

According to the latest HSE figures, there’s just one coronavirus patient being treated at the east Galway facility this lunchtime.

A further four COVID-19 patients are attending UHG today, while there are an additional five hospital patients awaiting coronavirus test results at the city’s main hospital.

Nationwide there are 292 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals.

Meanwhile, 31 patients are attending ICU while 20 of these patients are being treated on ventilators.

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