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Minister to attend city business meeting on rising insurance costs

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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.

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Senior Cabinet Minister to visit Galway today for series of engagements

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Senior Cabinet Minister Heather Humpreys is set to visit Galway today for a two-day series of engagements.

The Minister for Rural & Community Development, Minister for Social Protection, and temporary Minister for Justice, will embark on a series of engagements from this morning.

Minister Heather Humpreys will start her two-day visit with a tour of Aerfort Chonamara in Inverin.

She’ll then visit Inis Óirr to view the pier and engage with local groups, before travelling to Inis Meáin for further engagement with the local community.

She’ll return to the mainland this afternoon for a range of events – including the launch of a tourism marketing campaign for Connemara and the islands, a sod turning on Doire Iorrais Bridge, and the opening of a laboratory space in the gteic hub in An Spidéal.

Tomorrow morning, Minister Humphreys will also visit the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry before making her way to Knockdoemore to view the Lackagh Walking Trail.

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1,361 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,361* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 160 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “We have to continue to drive up vaccination rates as high as possible. The higher we go the better the protection we have and the sooner we’ll be able to ease more of the economic and social restrictions that still remain in place.”

“Walk-in vaccination centres are opening across the country, anyone over 16 years of age can register for a COVID-19 vaccine. Encourage your friends and family to ensure they get reliable information about the vaccines available here and to get vaccinated as soon as possible.”

“For our exhausted healthcare workers, the winter months ahead mean flu, other respiratory infection admissions alongside the backlog of scheduled and unscheduled care that has been disrupted due to COVID-19. We owe it to them to continue to maintain the basic personal public health protections; manage your contacts, keep distance, wash/sanitize hands regularly, cough/sneeze etiquette, avoid crowds, wear masks indoors and in crowded settings, if you experience COVID-19 symptoms isolate and get tested.”

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City exhibition explores lockdown experience of children with long-term health conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An exhibition has been launched in the city to explore the experiences of children with long-term health conditions during lockdown.

“Our World in a Window” saw children aged between 9 and 12 years old work with national charity Helium Arts to produce animations, artwork and sculptures.

Their works range from tinfoil and claymation characters to foam sculptures and hand-drawn illustrations.

The project aimed to bring the children’s lockdown experiences to life in unique and imaginative ways, showing their persistence and creativity in the face of adversity.

The exhibition is currently on display at Galway City Library until August 4th, and will also visit Dublin, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick and Longford.

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