Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new report says that centralising the treatment of cancer patients to 8 national centres, including Galway has contributed to improving survival rates.
The study’s been published today by the National Cancer Registry and shows that stomach cancer rates in private hospitals averaged significantly poorer than in public centres in Galway, Dublin and 6 other locations.
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Just 147 businesses in city and county avail of Covid 19 small business assistance scheme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just 147 businesses in the city and county have availed of the Covid-19 small business assistance scheme to date.
The scheme which was introduced to help small businesses who are impacted financially due to the pandemic provides grants of €4,000 to businesses working from non-rateable premises and €1,000 to businesses with a turnover between €20,000 and €50,000.
Figures released by the Department of Enterprise have revealed that up to June 11th, 57 small businesses in the city availed of the support at a total cost of €228,000.
In the county, 90 small enterprises have claimed €360,000 through the scheme.
It comes as the scheme is due to close on July 21st.
Sinn Féin Roscommon/Galway TD Claire Kerrane, who obtained the Department figures through a parliamentary question, says Local Authorities and the Government should seek out and encourage as many small businesses as possible to apply for the grants before the closing date.
She argues the uptake for the scheme has been very low despite the fact that many small businesses are still struggling.
348 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 348 Covid-19 cases reported by the Department of Health.
41 people are in hospital with the virus – up 2 in 24 hours.
13 are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.
It follows a warning that 90 percent of new Covid infections across the European Union by the end of August will be the Delta variant.
That’s according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.
🎧 Galway TD claims “outdoor summer” too focused on take-over of public spaces for drinking
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says the Government’s “outdoor summer” has too much focus on the taking over of public spaces for the consumption of alcohol.
Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Catherine Connolly said there should have been a balanced reopening of all pubs and restaurants with capacity restrictions to ensure safety.
She was contributing to a debate on the need for clarity on the legality of drinking alcohol at tables outside pubs and restaurants.
It follows controversy over the fact Gardaí nationwide were told to use discretion when it comes to outdoor drinking and legal issues around licensing that have arisen.
In many cases, outlets now operating outdoor areas do not have a license to do so – in effect making the consumption of alcohol in these areas illegal.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin last evening accepted the situation is difficult for Gardaí and pledged that new laws will be brought forward shortly.
Deputy Connolly pointed out there are also bye-laws in Galway City that make public drinking illegal – which were not taken into consideration.
The issue was also debated by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv and Sinn Fein’s Louise O’ Reilly, who raised concerns over the lack of legal clarity over the situation.
Responding Minister Malcolm Noonan looked to be under pressure as both TD’s were thoroughly unimpressed with his responses.
However, addressing Deputy Catherine Connolly, Minister Noonan said the Goverment is increasing its promotion of what an outdoor summer means.