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President Higgins meets Galway diaspora during state visit to London

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A professor at NUI Galway has joined President Michael D Higgins at a youth event in London as part of the State visit.

Professor Pat Dolan is the UNESCO Chair on Children Youth and Civic Engagement.

The Galway participation in the historical visit has been significant- as the President continues to meet with Galway emigrants.

Last evening, President Higgins attended a State Banquet hosted by the queen at Windsor Castle.

Also in attendence were Garry Hynes of Druid and Ahascragh native, milliner Philip Treacy.

This morning, President Higgins and his wife Sabina took a tour of University College Hospital in London, and caught up with a number of Galway emigrants.

Nurse Aisling Clancy from Ballybrit and Matron for Surgery at the hospital, Paula O’Brien from Roundstone in Connemara, were delighted that he decided to visit.

President Higgins also met with 95-year-old Mary Talbot from Ballinasloe, who said she never thought she’s see the day when an Irish Head of State was a guest of Queen Elizabeth.

This evening, the President and Sabina will attend a Banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Fiona Woolf, and the City of London Corporation at the Guildhall.

The Queen will be represented by the HRH the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester.

President Higgins is due to address the 700 invited guests.

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UHG has 2nd highest number of Covid-19 patients nationwide today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG has the second highest number of COVID-19 patients nationwide today.

There are 25 patients with the virus at the city hospital – behind Cork University Hospital at 29.

Nationally, 288 COVID-positive patients are in hospitals today with 67 in ICUs.

It’s a slight fall on yesterday’s total and is 12 percent down on last Friday.

Today’s UHG figure OF 25 is a considerable reduction on the figure of 32 recorded this day last week.

UHG has consistently had one of the highest figures nationwide in recent weeks, and has also been dealing with significant overcrowding issues.

Meanwhile, there is a single COVID-19 patient at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe today – the exact same figure as was recorded this day last week.

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CSO seeking field supervisors across Galway for 2022 Cenus

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Central Statistics Office is seeking field supervisors across Galway for next year’s Census.

It’s particularly seeking applicants from Galway City Centre, Headford, Portumna and Tuam.

The full time positions will last from January to May, and people will work from their own home managing a small team.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, September 21st and further details are available at CSO.ie.

Kathleen Goulding of the CSO has been outlining who they’re looking for – tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Plans for €100m investment at Tynagh power station near Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are plans for a major €100m development at Tynagh power station near Loughrea.

It’s proposed that a 299MW gas-fuelled power station will be built on the site, alongside the existing 400MW power station.

The Tynagh power station is 80 percent owned by a Czech firm which acquired the stake in 2019.

According to the Irish Independent, the proposed new €100m project would be a 299MW gas-fuelled power station.

It would be used to provide back-up electricity to the national grid when renewable energy is insufficient to meet demand.

It’s reported An Bord Pleanala has agreed that the planned development does not constitute a strategic infrastructure development.

As such, a planning application can be lodged with Galway County Council, which is expected to happen next month.

Photo – Barry Sherry TEL

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