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Permission granted for 37 residential units in Roscam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Permission has been granted for the construction of 37 residential units in Roscam in the city.
The project at Curragrean is led by Renaissance Property Ltd.
The plan would see the development of a site bounded by Ros Caoin and Boireann Bheag.
It would involve the demolition of an existing dwelling and the construction of 37 residential units.
These would provide a mix of four-bed and three-bed houses, as well as a four to five storey apartment block containing four one bedroom apartments, 11 two bedroom apartments and 2 three bedroom apartments.
City planners have attached 25 conditions.
One states the developer is to pay the city council a contribution fee of almost 344 thousand euro.
Car parking spaces and turning head at the northwest corner of the site are to be redesigned to be more organic and to improve the overall functionality of the communal open space.
Building works are to be carried out between 7am and 6pm Monday to Friday, and between 8am and 2pm on Saturdays.

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6 more deaths from COVID-19, 39 new cases, three of them in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 6 people with COVID-19 have died.
There have now been a total 1,645 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Thursday 28th May the HPSC has been notified of 39 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 24,876 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

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

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Wednesday 27 May (24,837 cases), reveals:

·        57% are female and 43% are male
·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years
·        3,270 cases (13%) have been hospitalised
·        Of those hospitalised, 404 cases have been admitted to ICU
·        7,943 cases are associated with healthcare workers
·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 12,023 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,464 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,416 cases (6%)

Galway has today had three new cases reported, returning to normal levels after a spike yesterday of 9. Galway remains at the lower end of cases nationally, with a total of 476 to date.

·        Nationally, of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 40%, close contact accounts for 58%, travel abroad accounts for 2%

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “As we approach the last week of Phase 1 it is encouraging to see ICU and hospital admissions declining, the number of new cases remaining stable and a 90% recovery rate in the community.

“Moving into next week, I would urge everyone to look back at the progress we have made over the past number of weeks and maintain our efforts to suppress COVID-19 into the future.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Over the bank holiday weekend, we encourage everyone to enjoy the warm weather within recommended guidelines.

“Public health advice currently recommends outdoor meetings of up to 4 people outside of your household, at a physical distance of 2 metres and within 5km of your home.”

Dr Siobhán Ni Bhriain, Consultant Psychiatrist and HSE Integrated Care Lead, said; “As we emerge out of our homes social distancing can pose real challenges for all, especially those in our vulnerable groups who may be enjoying the outdoors for the first time in weeks. Protect each other by keeping a 2 metre distance.”

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Researchers at NUI Galway co-create new online Coivd-19 tracing tool

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers from NUIG have co- created a new tool that calculates a person’s risk of contracting and spreading Covid-19.

The group of behavioural science experts from NUIG, Trinity College Dublin, UL and Queen’s University Belfast have collaborated with an international team of experts to develop “Your Covid-19 Risk” – a website that aims to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on communities while providing researchers with valuable information.

The application works by first providing users with an estimate of their risk of contracting and spreading the virus.

Three important risk behaviours are assessed including, hand hygiene, keeping sufficient distance in public places, and avoiding going out.

Behavior then takes centre stage, with questions like what should you do? And what should you avoid? being investigated.

Based on an individual’s risk, users then receive a recommendation to support the behaviour change which would most minimise the risk to themselves and their loved ones.

The new tool is available online at your-risk.com/site-testing.

The team managing the ‘Your COVID-19 Risk’ tool will compare the data internationally and provide advice to governments and health agencies on the best measures to take in their region.

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Key announcements from post Cabinet meeting briefing on private hospitals, schools reopening, and childcare

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1. The State take over of private hospitals for the Covid-19 outbreak, will not be extended.

The government will instead seek a new deal that would allow access to private hospitals for some non-covid related services or if a second waves hits.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar believes the decision to take control of private hospitals was justified.

2.The Taoiseach says schools should reopen at the start of the new school year at the end of August or the begriming of September.

Leo Varadkar says however not every student may be able to return every day for the full day.

He says the objective is to have schools operate as close to normal as possible.

The cabinet also heard proposals for a summer programme of education for children with special needs.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says progress is being made in meeting the objective to open schools in time for the new school year.

3.Details have also been released on the plans to reopen childcare facilities across the country.

Play pods form a central part of the advice to service providers intending to reopen at the end of June.

Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone though says it is not clear yet how many will be able to open in the summer.

4.People on maternity and paternity leave will be able to access the wage subsidy scheme.

An anomaly in the legislation meant they were excluded from receiving the payment.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe says it will be legislated for later in the year.

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