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Seanad seat left vacant by former Connemara senator filled by unionist

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Seanad seat left vacant by former Connemara Senator Trevor O’ Clochartaigh has been filled by anti-Brexit campaigner and unionist, Ian Marshall.
Former Sinn Féin senator O’ Clochartaigh resigned from the Seanad earlier this year to take up a role as Communications Manager with TG4.
The polls closed this morning and counting of votes got underway with Ian Marshall, who’s a former President of the Ulster Farmer’s Union, elected after the fourth count to Trevor O’ Clochartaigh’s old seat.
A by-election was also held to find a replacement for Labour’s Denis Landy, who resigned from the Seanad late last year on health grounds.
Former Fine Gael T.D for Kildare North, Anthony Lawler has been voted in to take that seat.
Only TDs and senators are eligible to vote in Seanad by-elections.

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HSE criticised over lack of home help hours across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE is being criticised over a considerable shortfall in home help hours across Galway.

The matter was raised by Councillor Declan McDonnell at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West.

He wanted to know how many people are awaiting home help hours and if there is a staff shortfall in providing these hours.

In response, it was acknowledged that the HSE is currently ‘challenged’ in sourcing carers for home support clients in some rural areas.

It was also confirmed that 39 clients are currently on the waiting list across Galway for home support.

Councillor McDonnell says even those who ARE getting home help at present, are often barely getting an hour per day – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to host webinar on community cohesion during COVID-19

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland is to host a webinar discussing community cohesion during COVID-19.

The online event will bring a number of key speakers together to discuss various issues around COVID-19 and the need for community resilience.

These include, Minister for Public Health Frank Feighan, Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell and Assistant Garda Commissioner Paula Hilman.

The webinar will be streamed live on YouTube this Saturday, 28th November, at 5:00 pm.

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Over 1100 COVID-19 tests carried out in Galway last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,100 COVID-19 tests were carried out in Galway last week.

966 of these were carried out at the Carnmore testing base at the former Galway Airport site.

154 were completed at the testing base at the NUIG campus.

The volume of tests has significantly reduced in recent weeks when compared to early November when 2,400 tests were carried out.

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