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Population target of county for 2022 is 198,500

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Galway Bay fm newsroom -Debate on the outlook for future development of the county is underway.

Galway County Council is holding a special meeting to discuss the draft county development plan 2015-2021.

The Department of the environment, community and local Government has designated the population target of the county in 2022 at 198,500.

That’s an increase of over 23 thousand on the 2011 census figures.

Objectives of the draft county development plan involve promoting regional development, promoting the Gaeltacht, encouraging inclusive communities and minimizing travel demand and promoting the increase of sustainable mobility.

The hub town of Tuam is a focus for growth, and the plan now includes administrative area of what was formerly Ballinasloe town council.

In terms of infrastructure, the Galway city outer bypass remains a priority project and there is also a specific objective to complete the Galway greenway.

Councillors are now debating the draft development plan and are expected to put forward a number of proposals during the afternoon.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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