Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some Galway churches are to remain closed this weekend due to the weather
Road conditions remain treacherous in many areas of the county, with the East still the worst affected
There are variations in storm impact across the county and the county is now working on regional and local roads
The L7216 road in Menlough Ballinasloe is impassable and some cars are stranded
Gardai in stations across the county and the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group advise only those working in essential services and those who have roles in getting the country back to normal should undertake journeys.
The county churches which have cancelled masses are in Ballymanagh, Killure and Fohenagh
St Patrick’s Church Fohenagh and St Teresa’s Church Killure will be closed for the whole weekend
St Killian’s in Ballymanagh will have no 6 mass this evening and no 9.30 mass tomorrow morning
There will be mass as usual in Craughwell village at 7.30 this evening and 11 tomorrow morning
In the city council crews have been clearing and gritting the approaches to churches will be treated in advance of religious services this evening and tomorrow morning.
The city council is working closely with Cope Galway in relation to getting rough sleepers into the Cold Weather service in Westside.
If anyone is aware of rough sleepers who may need a bed, please contact Cope at 1800 788887 or 085 8009641
Fourth protest over maternity restrictions at UHG to take place this afternoon
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A fourth protest over maternity restrictions at UHG will take place this afternoon.
The protest, organised by the Irish Birth Movement, is to continue the call for clarity about birth parent attendance in the maternity ward, and the lifting of all maternity restrictions as per the current public health advice.
The Movement argues that there has been no update from the hospital in relation to lifting all maternity restrictions on birth partners.
They added that the ability to physically distance has not been facilitated adequately at the hospital and instead women are being stripped of crucial support.
Currently, birthing partners of women in labour can attend UHG once admitted into a single room on the labour ward and they can also attend a caesarean section.
Partners may visit St Catherine’s Ward and St Angela’s Ward between 7 and 8pm, while parents of an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit may visit one parent at a time.
The Irish Birth Movement Galway argues that pregnant people deserve answers, clarity and most of all recognition that a women’s experience of childbirth is as important as her clinical care.
The protest will be held at UHG between 1 and 2.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The announcement Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien T.D., of further measures to support participants of Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes has been welcomed by Galway West/South Mayo deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.
Under the measures, CE and Tús participants’ contracts will be further extended until the end of October 2021.
This will benefit 7,000 participants who have been granted contract extensions since last October and whose contracts were due to end in July.
And the measure will benefit over 4,000 additional existing CE/ Tús participants whose contracts would ordinarily come to an end between July and October.
Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv welcomed this decision saying it will allow people return to work, who could not work during Covid-19, and also allow them to finish courses they were on.
Deputy O’Cuiv said that it will be a relief for those who are on the schemes but added that he would like to see more done.
Health officials confirm 431 new cases of Covid-19
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
This is the highest number of cases in Ireland since the 4th of June when 529 cases were reported.
However, the number of people in hospital with the virus continues to fall with 58 people currently in hospital with the virus.
The number of people in ICU also continues to drop with 22 are in ICU. The lowest this year and a reduction of 2 on yesterday.
The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation.