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Minister Coveney vows to assist Galway fishermen

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries has vowed to do everything possible to help Galway fishermen who suffered damage to boats and equipment during the recent stormy weather.

Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh raised the issue in the Seanad last evening, and called on the minister to provide an emergency fund to help with the repair and replacement of fishing equipment and infrastructure.

Speaking on behalf of Minister Simon Coveney, Junior Minister Tom Hayes said the government is acutely aware of the difficulties faced by the affected fishermen.

Minister Coveney has presented an assessment of the damage to vital pier and harbour infrastructure to the goverment, which is now awaiting individual damage assessments from councils nationwide.

The government will then decide on a fully-informed response to the damage caused by the storm in both coastal and inland areas.

Senator O’Clochartaigh says he is now calling on all fishermen who have been affected by storm damage to bring their case to the attention of the minister’s office.

Speaking in the Seanad, Junior Minister Hayes says any finanacial assistance given will be governed by EU guidelines.

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UHG second most overcrowded hospital nationwide

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: University Hospital Galway is the second most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

47 patients are waiting at the emergency department at the city acute hospital.

Cork University Hospital is the most overcrowded with 50 patients.

Latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation show 365 admitted patients are waiting for beds around the country this morning.

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Tuam Councillor hits out at those behind Tuam violence

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Tuam County Councillor has hit out at those involved in yesterday’s violent incident in Tuam in which seven people were injured at a cemetery in the town.

Armed officers attended the scene at the cemetery on the Athenry road at 4pm, after violence broke out.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested as he tried to flee in possession of a knife.

Five men and two women were taken to University Hospital Galway, with non life-threatening injuries.

Two funerals took place yesterday in the town and local Councillor Donagh Killilea has stated that the violence which broke out that afternoon was not connected to the bereaved families.

It’s believed the incident is related to an ongoing local feud in the town.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Local Councillor Donagh Killilea says he and others are now working to broker a peace deal with those involved as the people of Tuam have had enough of the violence….

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Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests completed in Galway over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 Covid 19 tests were carried out at Galway’s two testing bases in the last week.

The Galway Airport site completed 4,186 tests in the period.

In the city, the Forster Street site carried out an additional 1,442 tests.

Latest figures show 721 Covid 19 cases were recorded in Galway over the last 14 days.

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