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Roscommon Galway TD Denis Naughten resigns as Minister

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Communications Denis Naughten has resigned his position.
In a statement to the Dail, the Roscommon/Galway TD said the Taoiseach asked him to reflect on his position.
Denis Naughten has been under pressure to explain his contacts with businessman David Mc Court who is part of a consortium bidding for the tender for the national broadband plan.
In a defiant speech he said there was no interference in the procurement process and he criticised the media and the opposition for what he called loose language and irresponsible politics.
Minister Naughten says he hopes the broadband plan can be allowed to continue.
For more on this story tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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1 more death from Covid-19 today, 35 new cases

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been one new death from Covid-19 reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.

There has now been a total of 1,773 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Monday 10th August, the HPSC has been notified of 35 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,801* confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 15 are men / 18 are women
  • 71% are under 45 years of age
  • 24 are confirmed to be associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case
  • 5 cases have been identified as community transmission
  • 6 in Carlow, 5 in Clare, and the remaining 24 of the cases are in Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Limerick, Meath, Offaly, Tipperary, Wexford 

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

The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.

Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “The number of confirmed cases notified to us daily is likely to rise and fall this week. It is important to look at the wider trends we see in this disease in Ireland for context, and not simply one day’s figures in isolation. It will be next week before we see if measures introduced last weekend in Kildare, Laois and Offaly have had the desired effect in suppressing COVID-19 in these areas and minimising community transmission.”

“We must remember that our focus as a society is on three national priorities – protecting public health and the most vulnerable, the resumption of non-COVID health services and the reopening of our schools. Every time you choose to avoid a crowd, keep 2m distance, wash your hands, wear a face covering and use the COVID Tracker App, you are making a vital contribution to this shared national effort.”

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Further staff to be deployed to Galway COVID 19 contact tracing centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Further staff are to be deployed to work at the Galway COVID 19 contact tracing centre.

The HSE says it is increasing the number of people working at the centre as part of a predefined plan.

It follows the recent rise in the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19.

Currently there are 14 people working at the contact tracing centre in Galway each day.

This is to be increased to 18 over the coming days.

Contact tracing centres were set up nationwide in March to help limit the spread of coronavirus.

In Galway, such centres were located at NUIG, GMIT and Merlin Park Hospital.

In response to the downward trend of confirmed cases week on week, the GMIT centre ceased operations in June.

The contact tracing centre at NUIG which is currently in use is to be reloacted in September as students return to college.

It’s not yet known where the new centre will be located.

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Blackrock Diving Tower to reopen tomorrow but crowds will be monitored

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council will reopen Blackrock Diving Tower in Salthill tomorrow morning but crowds will be closely monitored.

The waterside amenity was shut earlier today after concerns were raised over large crowds lining up at the tower without social distancing.

However, a spokesperson for the city council says officials were satisfied that no crowds gathered in the area today and decided to reopen access to the tower tomorrow morning.

The spokesperson said the council will continue to monitor crowds on a daily basis and if the situation is deemed unsafe, access will be temporarily blocked again.

The same protocol is in place for all public amenities in the city – with the spokesperson adding that the local authority is reacting to situations as they happen.

He added that all decisions are taken on the basis of public safety and social distancing.

Meanwhile, road access to Silverstrand has been blocked this afternoon and will remain closed this evening.

It’s due to large volumes of traffic attempting to use the road today – and the car park being full.

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