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Number of vigils planned in Galway to remember Ashling Murphy

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A number of vigils are being planned in Galway as events to remember Ashling Murphy will take place right across the country today.

Last night saw hundreds of people attend a vigil in Eyre Square in memory of the murdered school teacher.

At 4 o’clock this afternoon, a candle lit vigil will take place at the Market Square in Clifden.

Later this evening, Comhaltas na Mac Léinn at NUIG will be holding a vigil in Eyre Square at 6pm.

In union with all who are remembering Ashling and the Murphy family throughout Ireland, this evening at 7.30 pm there will be a candle lit gathering and music at the Grotto in Our Lady of Knock Church car park in Lackagh.

Tomorrow, a silent walk for Ashling Murphy will take place from Eyre Square to Spanish Arch at 4pm.

Those looking to take part are advised to convene at Eyre Square at 3.30 pm.

Later tomorrow evening at 6pm, Craobh Chuain Castleblakeney Caltra Comhaltas branch will hold a vigil at the grotto in Castleblakeney village.

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Roscommon Galway TD says 2030 emissions target for agriculture unlikely to be achieved

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon/Galway TD says the 2030 target to reduce emissions in the agriculture sector is unlikely to be achieved.

An Oireachtas committee will today hear agriculture won’t meet its emissions targets without new technology.

The Department of Agriculture will say new farming methods are needed – and they’re currently not in the marketplace.

The sector is supposed to reduce its emissions by between 22 and 30 per cent by 2030.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice doesn’t think the target will be reached in that time frame…

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Over 5,600 childen waiting on dental appointment in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 5,600 children are waiting for routine dental appointments in Galway.

Sinn Féin TD for Galway West Mairéad Farrell argues the HSE is failing children under the Health Act by not providing children with their statutory entitlement to routine dental screening in primary schools.

Figures obtained by the party reveal almost 100,000 children across the State are facing these delays.

In Galway, 2,874 children in 2nd class are waiting for such appointments, and a further 2,761 in 6th class.

Prior to Covid, reports from The Irish Dental Association stated that an increasing number of children are only being offered examination and dental care for the first time at sixth class – instead of at first, second, fourth and sixth classes.

Deputy Farrell says failure to provide such important healthcare runs the risk of seriously harming children’s health…

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11,139 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 11,139 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed.

It’s the lowest daily number of cases reported in almost three weeks.

6,329 cases were detected by PCR tests, and 4,810 were positive antigen tests registered on the HSE portal.

There are 1,006 Covid patients in hospital, and 97 are in ICU.

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