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North and West MEP calls for first aid courses for mental health

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A North and West MEP is calling on the government to introduce Mental Health First Aid courses nationwide.

MEP Jim Higgins says the initiative would spread awareness of mental health issues and enable people to recognise the signs of depression.

He’s calling on the Minister of State with responsibilty for mental health, Kathleen Lynch, to set up a nationwide series of 6 or 12-hour training courses.

Similar schemes have already been implemented in the UK and in Australia.

Speaking to FYI Galway, MEP Higgins says current suicide trends are worrying, and early intervention is essential.

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143 cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today as pressure continues on the health service nationwide.

131 Coronavirus patients are being treated at UHG, while 12 patients are attending Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

The intensive care unit at UHG is treating 10 COVID-19 patients – with two patients being treated for the virus in the ICU at Portiuncula Hospital.

It comes as over 2,000 people with COVID-19 are being treated in Irish hospitals for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

HSE CEO Paul Reid says healthcare workers are trying hard to remain in control.

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Galway records 11% drop in new company registrations

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway recorded an 11 percent drop in new company registrations last year.

806 were recorded in the city and county in the 12 month period compared to 897 in 2019.

25 insolvencies were recorded in Galway in the period.

There’s been a national drop of 4 percent in the number of start-up firms in 2020.

CRIF Vision-net says 21,924 new companies were registered last year, the lowest figure since 2016.

Of the 26 counties in the Republic, 24 saw a drop in new firm start-ups.

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Status yellow rainfall warning

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Galway and 10 other counties from tonight.

Met Eireann says heavy rain is being forecast for Connacht as well as Cavan, Longford, Louth, Meath, Monaghan and Westmeath.

The warning comes into place at 9pm, until 9pm tomorrow.

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