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NUI Galway Mincéir Whiden Society unveils plaque to mental health

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway’s Mincéirs Whiden Society has unveiled a plaque in the city to raise awareness of mental health for Irish Travellers.

The plaque is based at the base of the Tree of Life on a green space overlooked by Galway Cathedral.

The Tree of Life was planted in October last year to mark the first National Traveller Mental Health Day.

Society members says it’s crucial that we promote open discussion of mental health as a community and show that it’s OK to talk about our feelings.

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Additional funding for Galway roads under Local Improvement Scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An additional 700 thousand euro has been allocated to rural roads across Galway under the Local Improvement Scheme for 2021.

The Local Improvement Scheme funds works on non-public roads that offer important connectivity in rural areas.

These could include access roads to agricultural land or roads leading to important community amenities such as graveyards, beaches, or piers.

The latest allocation brings the total funding to Galway County Council under the scheme to €1.6m for this year.

Senator Sean Kyne says LIS funding is hugely important and the additional funding will be put to good use.

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1,015 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 1,015* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 178 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 29 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Public health doctors around the country are reporting that outbreaks are being notified to them that originated in symptomatic people attending workplaces, or eating out, or visiting friends. Please remember that you should stay at home if you have symptoms even if you are vaccinated, because you could still transmit COVID-19. Together as a country, we need to keep on top of all the positive behaviours that limit the spread of disease, and integral to this is staying at home if you have any cold or flu symptoms. Don’t drop your guard, because heading into work or meeting a friend while experiencing fever, cough, cold/flu symptoms, or loss of sense of smell/taste – that could be the beginning link that sets off a chain of transmission that leads to an outbreak in your community.

“The uplifting scenes we saw over the Bank Holiday weekend as thousands of our young people received their COVID-19 vaccines at the HSE’s walk-in vaccination centres were extremely encouraging.

“Young people have had an exceptionally difficult time throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Their willingness to come out to get vaccinated in droves is another example of the resilience they have shown throughout this challenging time. It is this same spirit of solidarity, commitment to keeping our whole community safe by getting vaccinated, and keeping to the basic safe measures such as staying at home if you feel unwell that will ultimately be our pathway out of this pandemic.” 

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New site secured for full-time residential care centre for minors in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new site has been secured for a respite centre in east Galway, according to the Minister of State for Disability and Galway and East TD Anne Rabbitte.

The four bed unit will provide full-time residential care for young people, under 18 years old, who were previously being cared for in temporary respite accommodation.

Although the centre is due to open by September and will provide 225 bed nights by the end of the year the location has not yet been announced.

The Department of Health has also confirmed that an additional 1,236 respite nights will be provided across the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo area – as well as enhanced supports for people with complex needs, increased in-home supports and extra respite and family support for children in urgent need.

Minister Rabbitte says it’s vital to get the most out of every service for patients and their families.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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