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OPW internal report finds taxpayers’ money overspent for Fairgreen property

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A property in Galway is one of five examined in an internal OPW report which finds taxpayers’ money was overspent.
The report was compiled last year by two surveyors from the Office of Public Works and has since been sent to the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee.
According to the Irish Times, an estimated 1.4 million euro was overpaid on the property in Fairgreen, which houses the Revenue Commissioners.
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Over €4m allocated to city and county for housing adaptation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over €4 million has been allocated to Galway city and county to adapt housing for the needs of older people and for those with a disability.

The fund, which supports home adaptations for older people, those with a disability and people with mobility issues, is 80% exchequer funding through the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority.

Galway city is to receive a total allocation of over €1.1 million, while the county has secured a total of over €2.9 million.

Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs, while up to €8,000 is available to assist older people to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out and up to €6,000 for mobility aids.

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Connemara firm to design parts for European Space Agency satellite

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara firm ÉireComposites, has announced an agreement with a Belgian company to design and produce stray light baffles, which will form part of the European Space Agency’s ALTIUS satellite.

The baffles will be the first external part and largest functioning piece of equipment ever to be manufactured in Ireland and launched into space.

ÉireComposites was founded in 1998 and is a design, manufacturing and testing company, involved in lightweight, high performance fibre-reinforced composite materials, with an international blue-chip customer base of over 70 companies in aerospace, renewable energy, marine, Formula 1 racing and general automotive sectors.

The stray light baffles aim to prevent out-of-field stray light from reaching the lenses of the satellite’s optical instruments.

ÉireComposites will manufacture the three baffles that will be attached to the side of the satellite to assist with the mission objective.

Belgian firm OIP forms part of a consortium that signed the contract with the European Space Agency to build this satellite which is expected to be launched by end of 2023.

The mission will deliver profiles of the stratospheric ozone, as well as profiles of other atmospheric trace gases to provide scientific understanding on how the rise in greenhouse gases affects the atmosphere.

The ALTIUS mission is expected to play a substantial role in how climate change and the impact it has on Earth is studied.

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33 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, nationally 612 and 6 further deaths

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 6 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

All of these deaths occurred in February.

The median age of those who died was 63 years and the age range was 41 – 86 years.

There has been a total of 4,319 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Saturday 27th February, the HPSC has been notified of 612 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 219,592 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 300 are men / 311 are women
  • 72% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 32 years old
  • 289 in Dublin, 45 in Limerick, 34 in Longford, 33 in Galway, 26 in Kildare and the remaining 185 cases are spread across 19 other counties. *

As of 8am today, 554 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 133 are in ICU. 19 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of February 25, 409,529 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 271,594 people have received their first dose
  • 137,935 people have received their second dose
  • The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical, the Department of Health said: “Since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Ireland last February, our lives have changed in ways we never thought possible.

“More than 6,300 people on our island have lost their lives with COVID-19. We remember them, and their families and friends, as well as the many people who remain seriously ill or who are dealing with long-term health issues because of this disease.

“The response of colleagues across all parts of our health system has been remarkable. We should be extraordinarily proud, and take great heart, from the dedication and resilience which has been – and continues to be – shown by everyone involved in this response.

“Almost all sectors and communities have experienced loss and have been tested in ways unimaginable to us this time last year. This pandemic and the public health response to it has had a profound impact on lives and livelihoods. But it has also demonstrated the best of us as a people, working together and buying in as a collective to what has been necessary to protect one another.

“Last Spring, we met the challenge presented to us with collective enthusiasm. Ironically, while that enthusiasm has understandably waned and gone, there are more concrete reasons for hope and optimism now than at any time over the last 12 months;

  • We have seen week on week reductions in case numbers over the past six weeks and we are on track to have an incidence which is amongst the lowest in Europe;
  • The number of people in hospital has fallen by 38% over the past fortnight;
  • We have an educated and informed public and most people continue to do most of the right things most of the time – overcoming disinformation and playing their part in solidarity with one another;
  • We have a dedicated and committed health workforce who have consistently stepped up to challenges as they have presented;
  • We have three highly effective vaccines with more on the way, supply is ramping up and we are on course to have given about 80% of adults at least one dose by the end of June;
  • Vaccines are already having a very positive impact here with cases falling dramatically among healthcare workers and in our nursing homes;
  • Evidence is mounting quickly that these vaccines, as well as stopping people getting sick, also help to stop people passing the virus onto others;
  • While new variants have brought uncertainty, the existing vaccines perform well against them and work is already underway to develop booster versions should they be required;

“We still have a way to go. Our case numbers are still far too high and we must continue to do all we can to suppress this disease over the coming weeks. But if we can do this successfully through March, our focus will begin to turn to what we can do, rather than what we cannot.

“Yes, we need to be cautious and yes, there will be challenges over the coming months. But together, through science and solidarity, we will get through this and this pandemic will end.”

*County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 27 February 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases**(to midnight 27Feb2021)5-Day Moving Average of New Cases14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population(to 27Feb2021)New Cases during last 14 days(to 27Feb2021)
Ireland612662212.210,103
Offaly920395.1308
Longford3414369.4151
Dublin289264288.93,893
Limerick4544282.7551
Galway3339278.6719
Louth1920261.5337
Laois1414259.7220
Westmeath1920252.3224
Kildare2627248.5553
Monaghan05239.5147
Meath1734227.1443
Mayo1217226.8296
Waterford<511213.5248
Carlow610193.2110
Donegal525188.5300
Tipperary1519186.8298
Cavan<56175.9134
Clare1411153.2182
Leitrim<52152.949
Roscommon<53103.867
Wexford68103.5155
Wicklow12999141
Sligo0388.558
Kilkenny<5481.681
Cork162466.7362
Kerry10951.576

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

  • The 7 day incidence rate is 96.0
  • The 5 day moving average is 662
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