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Protests planned for Galway, Limerick and Dublin in support of Margaretta Darcy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – MEP Paul Murphy is writing to Justice Minister Alan Shatter calling on the Government to permit a Presidential Pardon for Margaretta D’Arcy’s release from Limerick Prison

There will also be solidarity protests in Galway, Dublin and Limerick tomorrow

The 79 year old anti-war campaigner was arrested at her home in Woodquay in the city yesterday and was taken to Limerick prison to serve a sentence.

A three month suspended sentence handed down at Ennis District Court in December was activated after she refused to sign a bond to uphold the law and keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.

MEP Murphy says the incarceration of Margaretta D’Arcy, a peace activist of 79 years of age, who is being treated for cancer, is an utter disgrace.

He says the real criminals who deserve to be in the dock are those in the Irish establishment who have over the last thirteen years permitted the US military to use Shannon in its so called war on terror.

He points out that Ms D’Arcy is a long-time acquaintance of President Higgins who himself spoke at protests in Shannon during the Iraq war.

Galway Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh raised the case of Margaretta D’Arcy in the Seanad today. (16/1)

During the order of business, Senator O Clochartaigh asked for clarification from the Justice Minister, about the circumstances around Ms Darcy’s detention and to ensure her health and welfare are being properly attended to.

Meanwhile, the Galway Alliance Against War is to hold a demonstration in the city tomorrow demanding Margaretta’s release

The ‘Free Margaretta’ protest will take place outside the constituency office of Galway West Labour TD Derek Nolan at Bothar na Long, New Docks at 1 tomorrow afternoon.

A protest will take place in Dublin from 1 to 1.45 pm outside the Dept of Justice and the Limerick protest will be held at 5 tomorrow evening outside Limerick prison

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Plan approved to change Briarhill gym to medical centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plan has been approved for a medical centre at Briarhill Shopping Centre in Ballybrit.

The project is led by MyNedical Urgent Care Ltd. and will involve a change of use of around 400 square metres of existing gym space.

City planners have attached seven conditions.

One states a car parking management plan for the medical centre is to be submitted prior to occupation of the building.

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Tender issued for feasibility study on Quiet Man Greenway between Athenry and Milltown

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Galway County Council has issued a tender for a contractor to carry out a feasibility study on the development of a greenway between Athenry and Milltown.

It follows the allocation of €75 thousand to the local authority in August to carry out a study on the ‘Quiet Man Greenway’.

The proposed amenity would run for 47km, starting in Athenry, running through Ballyglunin and Tuam before finishing in Milltown.

An extensive local campaign has long championed the proposed Greenway, which could also extend beyond the county border to link up with the Sligo Greenway.

Galway East Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon says today is an important milestone that could lead to millions of euro being invested in the area – we will have an extended interview on this topic on FYI Galway from 5…

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Continued increase in numbers of Covid patients in ICU at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a continued increase in the number of Covid-19 patients who are being treated in ICU at University Hospital Galway.

There are now 18 people in intensive care at the city hospital, up from 17 yesterday.

It comes as management at UHG is preparing to enter Level 4 of their ICU escalation plan due to growing demands on the unit.

However, the overall number of patients being treated for the virus has dropped, now standing at 120, compared to 133 yesterday.

Meanwhile, 11 patients are being treated for Covid-19 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, unchanged from yesterday.

Nationally, 1,969 people with Covid-19 are receiving treatment in Irish hospitals today – an increase for the second day in a row.

HSE CEO Paul Reid says the disease will only stop spreading within hospitals once its halted in the community.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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