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Several South Galway roads closed due to flooding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A number of roads in the Gort region are closed today due to flooding.
The Newtown/New Line Road (L4519), the Carrowbawn road (L8528) and Polleagh North (L6247) in Tuam remain closed since Friday.
Two more routes have been closed today – the Newhall, Gort road (L85251) and Owenbristy road (L4506) between Sheehan Cross and Keamsellagh.
The County Council is urging motorists to obey all signage in affected areas, and not to drive through floods unless they can establish the depth of the water.
Meanwhile, the council came under fire this morning after temporary traffic lights installed on the N59 due to spot flooding, caused traffic chaos for commuters.
Motorists suffered long delays at Kileen’s Corner this morning due to the sequencing of the lights, and Gardaí were called in to direct traffic.
Some drivers reported journey times of up to an hour and a half from Moycullen to Galway.

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UHG has highest number of COVID patients and people on trolleys nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG today has the highest number of people on trolleys nationwide, as well as the highest number of COVID-19 patients.

While the number on trolleys has increased in recent days, the number of virus patients has dropped significantly over the past 24 hours.

Figures from the INMO show there are 52 patients on trolleys at UHG today.

That’s the highest figure nationwide, behind University Hospital Limerick at 50 and Letterkenny University Hospital at 46.

The city hospital also continues to have the highest number of COVID-19 patients nationwide, though figures have been dropping in recent days.

There are currently 63 virus patients at the hospital – compared to 73 yesterday.

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3 Galway recipients of Johnson & Johnson STEM programme for women scholarships

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three county Galway students at NUI Galway have received scholarships from a prestigious national programme for women in STEM.

The programme is run by Johnson & Johnson Ireland and is open to women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths, Manufacturing and Design.

Karen Gillooly of Williamstown, Luka Anna Mac Lochlainn of Moycullen, and Thalyra Costa of Gort were among 10 successful applications to the inaugural programme.

They’ll also receive extensive industry mentoring and leadership training to prepare them for a future career in the STEM field.

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Galway TD demands Taoiseach give commitment on National Maternity Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has demanded that the Taoiseach give a commitment on the planned new National Maternity Hospital that “reflects the will of the Dáil”.

Deputy Catherine Connolly argued the planned facility must be a public hospital on a public site, owned and run by the state.

Speaking in the Dáil, she noted the Government has previously accepted several motions making the same call.

Addressing Michael Martin directly, she asked if he will comply with the will of the Dáil – and said it is a simple yes or no answer.

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