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NTA criticised over delay in additional bus services to Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a new timetable for bus services from the city to Lettermullen need to be implemented immediately.
That’s according to Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív who has been campaigning for improvements to the 424 Bus Eireann service through Barna, Spiddal, Carraroe and on to Lettermullen.
Currently the last bus to leave Galway along the route is at 6p.m
The Fianna Fáil deputy says changes were expected in September, but so far no improvements have been implemented.
A spokesperson for the NTA told Galway Bay fm news that its working with Bus Eireann and the revised timetable is at draft concept stage and will be developed over the next few weeks.
The NTA says it’s expected that the revised services for the 424 bus route will be implemented in early January.

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Low number of Covid-19 patients at Galway hospitals remains stable over recent days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The low number of people being treated for Covid-19 at Galway’s public hospitals has remained stable in recent days.

There are currently 12 people being treated at UHG, of whom 5 are in the ICU.

While at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there are 6 patients being treated for the virus, with a single patient in ICU.

The figure for UHG is 50 percent lower than this day last week, while the figure for Portiuncula is a very slight increase of 2 patients.

It comes as nationally, the number of patients across the hospital system with Covid-19 has fallen below 500 for the first time in 2021.

Professor Philip Nolan, who chairs NPHET’s modelling group, says key indicators show Ireland’s coming to the end of this period of the pandemic.

But he says while our numbers are moving in the right direction, progress is slow…

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Slight drop in Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a very slight drop in the number of people claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment across Galway.

25,082 people will claim the payment today – a drop of over 200 people compared to this day last week.

Nationally, almost 469 thousand people will receive the PUP payment this week, a drop of 4,500 on last week.

All employment sectors – except Electrical/Gas/Water Supply – have seen fewer people claim the payment this week.

While Accommodation and Food Service Activities remains the most supported sector, with 110 thousand people across the country receiving the PUP.

Overall, €140m will be paid into bank accounts today

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Concern over considerable drop in admission rates at Acute Mental Health Unit at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns are being raised over a considerable drop in admission rates at the Acute Mental Health Unit at UHG.

The matter has been raised at Regional Health Forum West level by Councillor John Connolly.

He notes that occupancy rates last year were down considerably, with over two thousand less patients passing through the unit compared to 2019.

He has asked if this was due to limitations on capacity as a result of Covid-19, but an immediate answer was not available.

Councillor Connolly says the sharp drop in admittals is a cause for concern and clarity is needed.

Councillor Connolly says the real issue is that people who need help could potentially be unable to access the service.

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