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Public meeting on TB for Galway farmers

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting for farmers in Galway and Clare about tuberculosis will take place tomorrow.
The Irish Farmers Association has organised the meeting in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture to discuss the current TB eradication programme.
Senior officials from the Department and the IFA will attend the meeting at the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort at 8 tomorrow evening.
Galway IFA Animal Welfare Health Rep, Stephen Canavan will explain on our 11 bulletin why it’s important for farmers to attend.

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1501 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,501* confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 169 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 23 are in ICU.

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “This week vaccination is open to anyone over the age of 16 and those aged 12-15 will be able to register soon. Walk-in vaccination centres are now available for those yet to receive a first dose.

“If you have a child with an underlying medical condition, that is living in a household where there are other people at risk, please avail of vaccination at the earliest opportunity.

“Vaccination and the incredible uptake across many age groups is leading us to a turning point in the pandemic. If we experience similar uptake in the younger cohorts as experienced in the over 60s, Ireland will have a strong population level defence against COVID-19 and its known variants.”

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said; “If you experience any symptoms of a cold or flu, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, change in taste or smell, headache, sore throat, runny nose or blocked nose/sinuses, please isolate and come forward for a test. There are testing centres located in every county in Ireland.”

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Kinvara nurse turned farmer Deirdre McMahon wins Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Kinvara woman has been named the Teagasc/FBD Student of the Year for 2020.

Deirdre McMahon, of Leagh North, was also the winner of the Dairy Category of this year’s competition.

Deirdre has a degree in nursing and worked in the field, but is now involved in the operation of the family dairy herd.

She completed the Teagasc Distance Education Green Cert Programme and is continuing to upskill, having completed a number of CPD courses.

Deirdre says their goal is an efficient, sustainable dairy farm enterprise.

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Planning to proceed for controversial social and affordable housing development in Claregalway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has outlined the timeline for a controversial plan for a large scale social and affordable housing development on the Oranmore Road in Claregalway as the first stage of the project secures departmental approval

An application for the first stage of the development planned for 7.2 acres of land at Droim na Gaoithe, close to Claregalway Corporate Park, has been approved by the Department of Housing.

A management report presented to Galway County Councillors this week outlined a timescale for further steps in the process with a projected building start-up date of summer, 2022.

Stage one of the Claregalway housing plan is focused on 45 social houses and it cleared the first hurdle in recent days when the Department of Housing gave approval to Galway County Council to proceed with planning.

Preparations for the housing project, which has proved controversial in the area, will now proceed further.

In a report to this week’s meeting of the Council, CEO Jim Cullen stated that a planning application will be made before the end of 2021. This may be handled under part 8 or part 10 of the Planning legislation. If permission is given, building could begin in a year’s time.

The cost of this first phase is put at €10.8m

The cost of the following phase on the project site, close to the Oranmore road, is estimated at €11.25m. and that would involve the provision of another 45 houses in what is known as the Affordable Housing category. These second phase houses would be purchased at a fixed price.

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