Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Financial Services and Insurance will be in the city tomorrow to attend a meeting with Galway businesses on the cost of insurance.
The visit comes amid growing fears among small businesses nationwide that they’ll be forced to close as as result of rapidly increasing costs.
In recent weeks, the Dáil has heard that many businesses across the west are on the ‘verge of collapse’ due to spiraling insurance costs.
The Taoiseach was warned by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish that the cost of insurance is the number one reason that small businesses are facing closure.
Deputy Grealish also advised Leo Varadkar that the Government should establish a Financial Conduct Authority to oversee the insurance industry as a matter of priority.
However, businesses across Galway have already fired the first shots in the war against rising insurance costs, ahead of any possible Government intervention.
In January, it was revealed that Galway Businessman Pat McDonagh would spearhead a new campaign from the newly revived Alliance for Insurance Reform.
In the past, the grouping was instrumental in bringing about significant changes – including the setting up of the Injuries Board, and the introduction of legislation making it an offence to lie in a personal injuries case.
Minister for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy, will now meet with Galway businesses at a high level event in the city tomorrow.
He’ll be accompanied by officials from the Department of Finance – and top of the agenda will be what steps the Government is taking to address the situation.
The meeting will take place at the Portershed at Eyre Square tomorrow afternoon at 12.30.
63 COVID-19 cases notified in Galway over last four days
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 63 COVID-19 cases have been notified in the Galway area over the last four days.
After a period of relatively low numbers, the city and county has seen an upward trend in cases in recent days.
16 were notified by health officials last evening, 22 on Monday evening, 11 on Sunday and 14 on Saturday.
However Galway’s 14 day incidence rate still remains relatively low at 50 per 100 thousand in population.
Meanwhile, a public health expert says Ireland should re-consider implementing compulsory quarantine for people flying into the country.
DCU Professor of Health Systems, Anthony Staines, says nations that have managed to keep virus levels down have quarantined international travellers.
Galway Mayor officially turns on Christmas lights at Eyre Square
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Mayor Mike Cubbard officially switched on the Christmas lights in Eyre Square last night.
The lights were turned on as retailers had reopened their doors for the first day of December trade as Level 5 restrictions were lifted.
Those visiting the city will now see the new lights in Eyre Square from 4pm daily until the New Year.
As part of this year’s arrangement, ‘Lights of Hope’ has been centred on the iconic Galway Hooker monument – to act as a symbol of the hope for a bright future in 2021.
Galway City Council says it has invested over €160,000 in the ‘Christmas in Galway’ experience this year with more lights and Christmas trees to be added across the city in the coming days.
As part of the drive to boost spirits, Galways Hookers will be seen on display in the Claddagh Basin each weekend in the lead up to Christmas.
Christmas shoppers are being reminded to wear a face mask, social distance and continue to comply with the queuing guidelines and directions set out by businesses.
16 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 269 nationally, 18 additional deaths (not all recent)
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 18 additional deaths related to COVID-19. Of the deaths reported today, 1 death occurred in October, 15 deaths in November and 2 are under investigation.
There has been a total of 2,069* COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland. As of midnight Monday 30th November, the HPSC has been notified of 269 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 72,798** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;
- 133 are men / 133 are women
- 65% are under 45 years of age
- The median age is 35 years old
- 73 in Dublin, 20 in Kilkenny, 20 in Limerick, 19 in Louth, 19 in Tipperary and the remaining 118 cases are spread across 20 other counties.
As of 2pm today, 224 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 14 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours. Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “The hard work and sacrifices that have been made by people over the last 6 weeks to suppress COVID-19 means that we are now in a position to reopen non-essential retail and to travel within our counties. “It is up to every person, individually, to remain vigilant to the spread of this disease, to assess the risk that is involved in any social activity. We need to keep the public health advice at the centre of our minds and do not have visitors to our homes, outside of any necessary visitors in a support bubble, until the 18th of December. “Each one of us has a role in shaping the national picture on COVID-19 in the coming weeks. It is vital that you keep hand washing, wear face coverings and keep a 2m distance from each other, to protect public health, to protect vital public services and to give us the best chance to continue to minimise the spread of the disease.”
*Validation of data has resulted in the denotification of 2 deaths. The figure of 2,069 deaths reflect this. **Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 15 confirmed cases. The figure of 72,798 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 30 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)
|County||Today’s cases (to midnight 30NOV2020)||14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (17NOV to 30NOV2020)||New Cases during last 14 days (17NOV to 30NOV2020)|
Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 39.9.