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NUI Galway Students’ Union slams university over online repeat exams fees

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Student’s Union at NUI Galway has condemned the university’s decision to continue charging students €295 to sit repeat exams online.

The student representative body says the fee has been used in the past to cover costs such as venues, supervisors and materials.

However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year’s repeats will be held online and NUIG S.U. claims the new format does not require many of the same costs.

The Union is urging the university to follow the example of other third-level institutions in Ireland that have cancelled the fee for this year.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, NUI Galway said the repeat exam fee supports costs including the setting and correcting of assignments, hosting exams online and the awarding of results.

It continued to state that students who are in need of financial support can apply for a fee waiver for repeat exams and added there is no fee for deferrals.

But Students’ Union President, Pádraic Toomey says it’s causing stress for students who are already struggling with the loss of access to college facilities.

To hear from Mr Toomey, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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46 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationally, no new deaths reported

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today. 

There has now been a total of 1,763 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday 2nd August, the HPSC has been notified of 46 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,208 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 27 are men / 19 are women
  • 85% are under 45 years of age
  • 32 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 5 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 15 cases are located in Kildare, 8 in Laois, 7 in Clare, 5 in Offaly and the remaining 11 are spread across nine other counties. 

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The vast majority of young people in Ireland have followed public health advice and have made very significant sacrifices to protect themselves and others. People of all ages will occasionally slip up as they learn to live safely with this virus. We should not seek to attribute blame, but rather continue to encourage one another to build on and sustain the great efforts that we have all made to date.

“We continue to urge everyone to observe the safe behaviours that we recommend such as physical distancing, washing hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and doing all we can to protect each other.

“NPHET continues to monitor the evolving situation very closely and will meet tomorrow.”

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Rainfall warning to come into effect for Galway from tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow rainfall warning has been issued for Galway and will come into effect from tomorrow afternoon.

Met Eireann says heavy rain with accumulations between 30 and 50mm are to be expected, with potentially higher amounts possible in mountainous areas.

It’s also warning that localised flooding, poor visibility and poor driving conditions are to be expected.

The warning covers Galway, Mayo and Donegal and will come into effect at 1pm tomorrow afternoon.

It’ll remain in place until 1PM on Wednesday.

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Roscommon Galway TD claims HSE ordering insufficient quantity of flu vaccine

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon Galway TD is claiming that the HSE has ordered far less additional flu vaccines than will be needed for the upcoming flu season, despite the ongoing pandemic.

Deputy Denis Naughten says the HSE plans to purchase 200 thousand additional vaccines for the adult population compared to last year – which represents about 5% of the adult population.

The Independent Deputy feels this is well short of what is needed to protect the population from the flu virus – because there will be inevitable confusion with Covid-19 symptoms in hospitals nationwide.

Deputy Naughten says we cannot allow a second wave of Covid-19 to cause chaos in our hospitals after the heroic efforts made to stop the virus earlier this year…

For more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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