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Save the Westwood campaign group decides not to pursue judicial review

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The ‘Save the Westwood’ campaign group has decided not to pursue a judicial review against the recent approval of a student accommodation block on the site of the hotel in Newcastle.
NTM ROI Seed Capital LP has secured approval from An Bord Pleanala to demolish the hotel to make way for student accommodation with 394 bed spaces.
The plans also include pedestrian and cycling links to Thomas Hynes Road and the N59 Upper Newcastle Road.
It’s envisaged that the accommodation would be used for visitors or tourists outside the academic term.
Locals had expressed concern throughout the planning process about the loss of the hotel amenity for the area and potential anti-social behaviour.
The ‘Save the Westwood’ campaign group held a private meeting this week where members unanimously decided not to pursue a judicial review.

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City Council refutes claims over lack of information on proposed bus corridor along College Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has refuted claims that there has been a lack of communication about a proposed bus corridor along College Road.

Concerns were raised by Councillor Alan Cheevers, who alleged local residents and businesses were not sufficiently consulted, and still have outstanding concerns.

However, the local authority says it has recently completed a lengthy public consultation on the BusConnect Galway: Cross City Link Project, which would link University Road to Dublin Road.

It says potentially directly-affected landowners were contacted on an individual basis, and a number of wider stakeholder group meetings also took place.

The City Council adds a detailed brochure and virtual information room were also made available to the public, and remain accessible via www.busconnectsgalway.ie.

It says as part of the process for planning consent, further individual meetings will take place with landowners whose properties are directly affected.

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Galway City Centre still has highest Covid-19 incidence rate nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway city centre still has the highest 14-day incidence rate of Covid-19 in the country.

The local electoral area had a rate of 768 per 100,000 people on Monday – that’s nearly four times the national average.

The next highest was Limerick City East at 608, followed by Longford at 580.

However, while the figure for Galway City Central remains top of the national table, it’s still a reduction of 40 percent on the figure recorded this day last week.

The rate is being partly linked to college students, but NUI Galway students union president, Padraic Toomey, says there are no parties like those seen in Limerick this week…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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18 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway – 462 nationwide with 39 additional deaths

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 39 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

10 of these deaths occurred in March, 12 occurred in February, 13 in January, and 3 occurred earlier than this. One further death is under investigation.

The median age of those who died was 81 years and the age range was 0 – 97 years.

There has been a total of 4,396 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight, Wednesday 3rd March, the HPSC has been notified of 462 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 221,649 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland.*

Of the cases notified today:

  • 224 are men / 236 are women
  • 69% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 31 years old
  • 207 in Dublin, 29 in Cork, 26 in Meath, 20 in Kildare, 18 in Galway and the remaining 162 cases are spread across all other counties. **

As of 8am today, 460 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 107 are in ICU. 26 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

As of March 01, 446,474 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Ireland:

  • 303,550 people have received their first dose
  • 142,924 people have received their second dose

Dr Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “We have been made aware of four preliminary reports of stillbirths potentially associated with a condition called COVID Placentitis. These reports should be interpreted with caution as the coroners have not yet concluded their findings. The HSEs National Women and Infants Programme is aware of and is monitoring the situation and has issued a related notice to obstetric departments. I would ask that the privacy of all of those affected by this disease continue to be respected at all times.”

Dr Breda Smyth, Director of Public Health, HSE West said: “We have confirmed that more than 200 households have had an outbreak of COVID-19 that are linked back to the outbreak among students. We know that the new variant is more transmissible, and, based on the latest data, approximately a third of household contacts of confirmed cases in Ireland are now testing positive. If you display any symptoms of COVID-19, you must immediately self-isolate in your room and phone your GP.”

“We know how to break the chains of transmission of this disease. We must all continue to make every effort to limit our social contacts, stay home and stay safe.”

Dr Máirín Ryan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health Technology Assessment, HIQA, said: “HIQA has today published its advice to NPHET on reducing the minimum age of mask wearing in children. As we know, the evidence points towards face mask use in the community reducing transmission of COVID-19. However, in young children, the benefit of face masks is likely small and may be affected by their reduced ability to comply with face mask wearing.”

“The expert advisory group has not advised any change to the guidance on mask wearing in children. The best way to ensure that schools remain a low-risk environment is by the continued use of a combination of public health measures, such as physical distancing, hand hygiene, cough etiquette, increased ventilation and by not attending when you have symptoms of COVID-19.”

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, said: “The R number has at least remained stable and may even have decreased slightly, this is reflected in the week-on-week decline in cases that has been reported recently.”

“This represents an extraordinary effort over a very challenging nine week period that has brought us from 6,500 cases to under 600.”

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.

ENDS//

*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 2 confirmed cases. The figure of 221,649 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 03 March 2021) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases** (to midnight 03Mar2021)5-Day Moving Average of New Cases14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 03Mar2021)New Cases during last 14 days (to 03Mar2021)
Ireland462536190.29057
Offaly1319400.2312
Longford1716376.8154
Westmeath1019281.6250
Louth1622267.7345
Dublin207225257.33467
Limerick1725250.4488
Kildare2022217.1483
Laois<59213.7181
Galway1825212.7549
Meath2625209.7409
Mayo1413200.8262
Donegal<513181.5289
Monaghan<54177.6109
Tipperary714174.2278
Waterford127168.7196
Carlow55168.696
Clare1012146.4174
Cavan<55145.7111
Roscommon66114.774
Leitrim<52106.134
Wicklow99101.1144
Kilkenny5378.678
Sligo<5277.851
Wexford5669.5104
Kerry<5660.990
Cork292260.6329

~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 88
  • 5-day moving average 536
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