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President Michael D Higgins announces intention to run for second term

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – President Michael D. Higgins has confirmed he’s running for a second term.
The former Galway TD and Senator announced his intention to run as an independent candidate in a statement this morning.

During the 2011 campaign, Michael D. Higgins said on many occasions that he would only serve a single term in the role – despite being entitled to seek a second term.
President Higgins said in a short statement today that he is “offering himself as an independent candidate, under Article 12.4.4 of Bunreacht na hÉireann, when the Ministerial Order for a Presidential Election is made later this year.
Michael D. Higgins was born in Limerick in 1941 and served as a TD for Galway West for almost 25 years before taking up the presidency in 2011.
Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell, who was the first senator to declare an interest in running for the Presidency, says he’s very disappointed at Michael D Higgins’ timing.
There are just three days left in the Dail term, and county councils will take a break in August.
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1491 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – As of midnight, Wednesday 4 August, the National Public Health Emergency team is reporting 1,491* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 193 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Vaccination offers a real way out of this pandemic. The positive news is that take-up in Ireland is extremely high, which shows people understand the benefits for themselves and for their communities of getting vaccinated. Those with at least a first dose in the over 40s is over 90%, in the over 30s it is 84%, in the 18 to 29 year age group it is over 73%, and in the 16-17 year age group, it is over 46%. These figures continue to increase, and each person who has come forward should be commended.

“It’s understandable that after the period of time that COVID-19 has been with us, that some people become tired of it. But the virus does not become tired. It doesn’t care if we are fed up, it only sees the opportunity to spread from person to person when we let our guard down.

“Risk assess your plans this weekend. Remember that if you have any cold or flu like symptoms at all, you should err on the side of caution and stay at home – do not meet up with others, and do not go to work. If you are an employer, remind your employees to continue working from home where possible for now, and not to attend work with any COVID-19 symptoms. Vaccines work, but they must also be supported by us all choosing to act as safely as possible.”

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Covid-19 walk-in vaccination clinics to open in Clifden and city this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend. (7/8)

The centres are open on Saturday to those aged 16 and over who have not yet received a first dose vaccine.

The Clifden centre is based at Clifden Community School, and will be in operation from 10am to 2pm.

Meanwhile, Ballybrit Vaccination Centre will be open for walk-in appointments on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

The Saolta Hospital Group says last weekend proved a tremendous success for both centres, with over 800 people receiving first dose vaccinations.

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Coming up on FYI Galway@5

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  • The Health Minister is encouraging parents and young people to seek information from reliable sources as registration for COVID vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds will open next Thursday
  • Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend
  • Partners will be able to attend 12 week maternity scans and C-sections under new HSE guidance to be issued to hospitals tomorrow
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