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Report on St Brigid’s in Ballinasloe shows agreement on future of site

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new report on potential uses for St. Brigid’s Campus in Ballinasloe has highlighted a ‘very clear’ consensus on it’s future.
That’s according to Galway-Roscommon Minister Denis Naughten, who’s been overseeing a consultation project on the future of the site.
A report has now been published, which outlines an overall consensus for a multi-use space that would draw on the mental health history of the site.
This could involve the creation of a museum and heritage site which would incorporate features such as training facilities and commercial space.
It follows a high-level meeting last month which brought together local stakeholders and representatives from state agencies.
The backbone of the project is an online survey carried out earlier this year – which drew over 600 responses from members of the public.
Independent Minister Naughten says the next step will be promoting the vision for the site – and looking towards a feasability study.

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Numbers remaining steady regarding patients with Covid 19 in Galway Hospitals.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Figures released by the HSE overnight have shown that the number of patients with Covid 19 in Galway hospitals remains steady with a slight increase in the number of patients in Galway university and a slight increase in suspected cases in Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

Last night it was reported that nine patients were in Galway University Hospital with the virus as compared to eight on Friday but figures also showed that there were just two in ICU, a reduction of one from the day before.

The number of suspected cases has also fallen with no suspected cases in the hospital yesterday compared to 6 on Friday.

In Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, the opposite was the case with a reduction of patients in hospital but an increase in suspected cases.

As of yesterday evening there were just two with Covid 19 in Hospital with none in ICU, a reduction in the number of patients and no change in ICU compared to the day before.

However, there are four suspected cases in Ballinasloe, an increase of two from the day before.

National figures released yesterday reported 539 cases with 21 of those cases reported in Galway City and County.

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21 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 539 nationally and 14 further deaths

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 14 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

9 deaths occurred in March, 1 occurred in February and 4 in January or earlier.

The median age of those who died was 80 years and the age range was 59-94 years.

There has been a total of 4,419 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Friday 5th March, the HPSC has been notified of 539 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 222,699* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.

Of the cases notified today:

  • 295 are men / 240 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 33 years old
  • 245 in Dublin, 42 in Meath, 29 in Kildare, 26 in Limerick, 24 in Cork and the remaining 173 cases are spread across 19 other counties**.

As of 8am today, 414 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 101 are in ICU. 22 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 3rd, 474,645 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 328,598 people have received their first dose
  • 146,047 people have received their second dose

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community including daily data on Ireland’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme.

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 9 confirmed cases. The figure of 222,699 confirmed cases reflects this.

**County data should be considered provisional as the national Computerised Infectious Disease Reporting System (CIDR) is a dynamic system and case details are continually being validated and updated.

Today’s cases, 5-day moving average of new cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 05 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 05Mar2021)**5 day moving average (to midnight 05Mar2021)14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (20Feb2021 to 05Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (20Feb2021 to 05Mar2021)
Ireland539488175.68,360
Longford813379.2155
Offaly611339.9265
Westmeath1416270.4240
Dublin245225249.53,362
Louth1316239308
Limerick2616227.8444
Meath4229210.7411
Kildare2925189.7422
Laois57183155
Donegal09172.1274
Mayo1510170.9223
Galway2118166.2429
Carlow74158.190
Tipperary2010151.7242
Monaghan<54148.291
Clare610136.3162
Cavan7513099
Waterford87126.5147
Roscommon<53106.969
Wicklow8886.4123
Leitrim0181.126
Sligo<5374.849
Kilkenny9473.673
Wexford14768.1102
Kerry7461.691
Cork242156.7308

~The 5-day moving average of the number of new cases provides an appropriate indicator of current daily case numbers within a county. It takes account of any validation of cases for previous days and smooths out daily/weekend fluctuations in case numbers.

  • 7-day incidence 78.4
  • 5-day moving average 488
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Galway TD accuses government of discrimination against the regions regarding vehicle charging points in Galway county

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway East independent TD Sean Canney has called for more Vehicle charging points in the county saying that the allocation of points in Galway is very low.

The Independent TD received confirmation that there are 30 standard charging points, 7 fast charging points and 2 high powered charge points installed.

However, Deputy Canney argued that with Dublin County having in excess of 5 times the number of standard charging points than County Galway, It smacked of discrimination against the regions.

“The Government are looking to the electric car as a solution to CO2 emissions from cars, but they are not instilling confidence in people to buy electric vehicles”.

“If we do not get our act together and install the necessary infrastructure, we will not convince people to change to electric vehicles”.

“The Climate Action Fund is available and must be used but the installation must be fair to all the regions across the country. It is the biggest fear factor in purchasing an electric vehicle is running out of charge but no place to charge up”.

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