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Regional enterprise plan for the West in bid to leverage strengths of region

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new regional enterprise plan for the West will leverage the strengths of the region.

That’s according to Gaeltacht Minister and Galway West TD Sean Kyne who was one of the speakers at the plan’s launch at the PorterShed in the city this morning.

The plan aims to achieve growth of between 10 and 15% and an unemployment rate of within one per cent of the State average.

It’s been drawn up by officials from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation with input from a range of organisations including the IDA, Enterprise Ireland and local authorities.

Strategic objectives include building capacity in the life sciences sector, ensuring sustainable growth in tourism, developing the West’s creative sector and realising the potential of the AgTech sector.

Over €7.1 million has been allocated to the West under the Regional Enterprise Development Fund.

The projects being supported include the PorterShed and Galway City Innovation District, the Páirc na Mara Marine Innovation Development Centre in Cill Chiaráin and the BIA Innovator Campus in Athenry.

Speaking at the official launch in the PorterShed, Business Minister Heather Humphreys said collaboration is at the heart of the plan to tackle the new challenges facing the economy – for more on this tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Nine more deaths from Covid-19, 37 new cases

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been informed that a total of 9 people with COVID-19 have died.

There have now been a total 1,615 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday 25 May the HPSC has been notified of 37 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 24,735 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.

Today’s data from the HPSC, as of midnight, Sunday 24 May (24,629 cases), reveals:

·        57% are female and 43% are male

·        the median age of confirmed cases is 48 years

·        3,233 cases (13%) have been hospitalised

·        Of those hospitalised, 395 cases have been admitted to ICU

·        7,852 cases are associated with healthcare workers

·        Dublin has the highest number of cases at 11,894 (48% of all cases) followed by Cork with 1,440 cases (6%) and then Kildare with 1,395 cases (6%)

·        Of those for whom transmission status is known: community transmission accounts for 59%, close contact accounts for 38%, travel abroad accounts for 3%

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “As of midnight Monday 25 May, 325,795 tests have been carried out. Over the past week, 30,169 tests were carried out and of these 633 were positive, giving a positivity rate of 2.1%.

“NPHET will meet on Thursday 28th May where further consideration will be given to broadening the case definition.”

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Galway 2020 reaches settlement with insurer following cancellation of February opening ceremony

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway 2020 has reached a settlement in principle with its insurer following the cancellation of its much anticipated opening ceremony in February.

The event was cancelled due to weather warnings in place for Galway, with the organisation citing public safety as its number one concern at the time.

The ceremony at South Park had been earmarked as a high-level culmination of a week long series of events across the county, which had begun in Clifden.

Galway 2020 has since reached a settlement in principle with its insurer, for the maximum value insured under its cancellation and contingency policy.

The group is currently working through a consolidation process required by the insurer and expects this process to be finalised by the end of this month (May).

Galway 2020 is currently planning for the programming of events in late 2020 and in the first few months 2021 after events were once again hampered by ongoing COVID 19 measures.

A spokesperson says any extension of the Galway 2020 programme into 2021 will be done in consultation with the EU Commission and the designated European Capitals of Culture in 2021.

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GMIT textile technician makes 75 face coverings a week for nursing homes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

A GMIT textile technician has been putting her skills to good use by making up to 75 non-medical face coverings a week for nursing homes.

School of Design and Creative Arts staff member Kelly Roberts has made hundreds of reusable face coverings since April, while home-schooling her two children and continuing to remotely provide technical support to some 40 students on the BA in Design course.

Kelly relies solely on donations of fabric from family and colleagues, and says high quality cotton duvet covers and sheets are the easiest to fashion into masks.

If anyone is interested in making a fabric donation, they can contact Kelly by emailing Kelly.roberts@gmit.ie.

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