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Political parties to hold Easter Rising commemorations in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A number of groups will hold special ceremonies and events this weekend to mark the Easter Commemorations.
The events are in memory of the 1916 Easter Rising and those who died fighting for independence.
Tuam Sinn Féin will host its Easter commemorations today Good Friday.
Members will gather at the Tuam Martyrs monument, Dublin Road at 1p.m, the Republican Plot at Donaghpatrick cemetery, Caherlistrance at 2p.m and Cargin cemetery Headford at 3p.m.
Galway West Sinn Féin will start its events with a wreath-laying ceremony at 1p.m tomorrow Holy Saturday at the Joe Howley Statue in Oranmore.
The main Galway West Sinn Féin commemoration will take place at 3p.m on Holy Saturday at the Liam Mellows Statue in Eyre Square.
On Easter Sunday Galway West Sinn Féin will attend Teach an Phiarsaigh in Rosmuc for Comóradh na Cásca.
From there, they will lay a wreath at Ardbear cemetery in Clifden at 2.30p.m on Easter Sunday.
At 3p.m on Easter Sunday, the party will hold a commemoration at the Thomas Whelan statue in Clifden, finishing off with another commemoration at Tooreena Cemetery in Tullycross at 5p.m.
The Fianna Fáil Annual Commemoration mass for Liam Mellows will take place at St. Patrick’s Church, Forster Street at 12 on Easter Sunday.
There will also be a parade afterwards from Forster Street to the Liam Mellows Statue in Eyre Square.
East Galway Sinn Féin will a hold wreath-laying ceremony at Creagh cemetery on Easter Sunday at 11a.m.
The party will also hold a commemoration in Athenry at noon on Easter Sunday in the new cemetery.
Republican Sinn Féin will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the execution place of the Tuam Martyrs at Tuam Workhouse at 5 this evening. (Fri)
They will also hold a march on Easter Sunday from 11a.m in the city, starting at the Cathedral and marching to Liam Mellows monument in Eyre Square.
The main Republican Sinn Féin commemoration will take place at the Republican plot in Donaghpatrick cemetery, Caherlistrane at 3pm on Easter Sunday.
The party will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the grave of Séamus Ó Máille at Kilcummin cemetery in Oughterard on Easter Sunday at 7p.m.

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Galway records average of 99 Covid cases per day as holiday season continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is recording an average of 99 Covid 19 cases per day over the last five days.

As the West continues to experience a fourth wave, a significant increase in cases has been noted in tourist hotpsots such as Galway city, the Aran Islands and Westport.

The walk in test centre in the city is now recording a positivity rate of 12.8%, while the centre in Carnmore has a positivity rate of 10.5%.

Director of Public Health in the West Breda Smyth says there is a very high infection rate in the city at the moment with the age profile predominantly in the under 40s.

She has urged the younger cohorts of the population, particularly those aged between 19 and 30, to avail of a vaccine in a pharmacy or by registering on the HSE vaccine portal.

Breda Smyth told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks there is a high level of infection in the community and the public health guidelines are key in surpressing the virus as the holiday season continues.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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393 Galway claims recorded by Personal Injuries Assessment Board

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 393 Galway claims were made to the Personal Injuries Assessment Board last year.

2,898 claims came from Dublin, 884 from Cork and 590 from Limerick.

Nationally, there was a 16 per cent decrease in the volume of claims made to the board.

Awards have halved since new guidelines were introduced in April.

The Personal Injuries Assessment Board is publishing its annual report for 2020 this morning.

26,009 new claims were dealt with last year – with 206 million euro worth of compensation given out to accident victims.

The number of personal injuries claims made to the board fell by 16 per cent in 2020, mainly due to the pandemic.

There were far fewer people on the roads, attending workplaces or meeting together in public – and so there were fewer accidents.

In 2020, the average award was just over 24,000 euro.

Last year was the last full year the Book of Quantum was used to determine compensation amounts.

New guidelines came into effect on April 26th of this year – and the PIAB says the average awards has halved since then.

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West records second lowest level of residential construction during June

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The West recorded the second lowest level of residential construction during June.

Research from data analytics firm GeoDirectory shows just 10% of the residential buildings under construction in Ireland last month were in Connacht – just ahead of Ulster at 6%.

Over 50 percent of the new homes being built in June were in the Leinster region.

According to the report, more than 18 thousand houses and apartments were being built last month compared to 13 thousand at the same time in 2020.

CEO of GeoDirectory Dara Keogh, says the construction sector is showing signs of recovery since the pandemic.

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