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NUIG Students Union calls on accommodation providers to refund tenants forced to return home during coronavirus crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Large scale student accommodation providers should refund students forced to return home due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

That’s according to NUI Galway’s Student Union and the Union of Students in Ireland, who say landlord firms are refusing refunds to students no longer living in privately operated student buildings.

The student welfare organisations say many students have had to leave accommodation to self isolate or to care for vulnerable family members.

President of NUI Galway Students Union, Clare Austick says students shouldn’t be penalized for following HSE guidelines.

The USI says they’ve received many reports of students being evicted from digs style accommodation with little or no notice, with many not having alternative housing options.

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NUIG Professor Alan Ahearne cites reasons for cautious optimism after coronavirus

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway’s Professor Alan Ahearne says there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the economy after the coronavirus.

Alan Ahearne is Director of the Whitaker Institute and Professor of Economics at the university.

He also served as Special Adviser to Ireland’s former Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan from 2009 to 2011

Professor Ahearne says there are some reasons for optimism as it’s not a typical recession.

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HSE data reveals COVID 19 patient numbers at UHG and Portiuncula on Saturday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – HSE data for Saturday April 4th shows there were 18 patients with coronavirus receiving care at UHG.

Meanwhile, four COVID 19 patients were being cared for at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe on the day.

The breakdown of cases by hospital nationwide published by RTE’s Fergal Bowers shows Beaumont in Dublin was dealing with the largest volume at the time of analysis at 110 cases.

This was followed by St. James at 83 and the Mater with 76 cases.

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Three more cases of coronavirus confirmed in Galway bringing county total to 108

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Galway bringing the county total to 108.

The latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre reveal 21 further patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Ireland have died.

There are now 4,994 confirmed cases of the virus in Ireland including 390 new confirmed cases.

Nearly 70,000 people have now died of the coronavirus across the world.

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