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Ten million euro investment in city water mains

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ten million euro is to be invested in the replacement of 19 kilometres of older water mains across the city.
The works, led by Irish Water, will also involve the upgrading of 13 hundred lead service connections and 700 private side service connections.
The utility says this will lead to significantly less leakage, with 2.2 million litres of water being lost per day on the 19 kilometre stretch.
The project will be focused in the areas of Prospect Hill, the Claddagh, Bohermore, Shantalla, Rahoon, Newcastle, Taylor’s Hill, Mervue, Roscam and Coolagh.
Shareridge Limited has been awarded the contract with works expected to begin next month (June).
Sean Corrigan is Regional Information Officer with Irish Water – he says replacing the ageing mains will ensure customers have a more reliable and secure supply.

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22 new cases of Covid-19 in Galway with 306 new cases nationwide and 1 additional death

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1 additional death related to COVID-19.

There has been a total of 2,053 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Sunday 29th November, the HPSC has been notified of 306 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 72,544 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today;

  • 156 are men / 148 are women
  • 67% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 35 years old
  • 108 in Dublin, 30 in Limerick, 22 in Galway, 17 in Donegal, 15 in Wicklow, 14 in Cork and the remaining 100 cases are spread across 18 other counties. 

As of 2pm today 244 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 31 are in ICU. 3 additional hospitalisations in the past 24 hours.

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

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*Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the denotification of 3 confirmed cases. The figure of 72,544 confirmed cases reflects this.

Today’s cases, 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 population and new cases in last 14 days (as of midnight 30 November 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 30NOV2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population ( to 30NOV2020)New Cases during last 14 days ( to 30NOV2020)
Ireland30689.24,248
Donegal17223.6356
Louth10179.2231
Limerick30142.6278
Kilkenny9132131
Dublin108104.61,409
Monaghan1299.461
Roscommon096.162
Wicklow1595.5136
Waterford<586.9101
Longford585.635
Mayo1084.3110
Meath682.5161
Tipperary980.9129
Carlow777.344
Cork1468.2370
Kildare961.1136
Cavan<560.446
Sligo<556.537
Laois<551.944
Clare551.361
Offaly<551.340
Galway2249.6128
Kerry<54465
Westmeath<540.636
Wexford<524.737
Leitrim012.54
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Drug offences account for main increase in crime across county Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Drug offences accounted for the largest increase in crime across the county so far this year.

The issue arose at this afternoon’s meeting of the County Joint Policing Committee.

The latest Garda statistics revealed a 46% increase in the sale and supply of drugs with 51 offences recorded from January to October this year.

Simple possession also saw a 9% increase with 140 offences recorded in the period.

Cannabis accounted for the largest seizure year to date valued at over 223 thousand euro.

This is followed by heroin at almost 142 thousand euro.

Cocaine valued at over 83 thousand euro was seized in the 10 month period.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told this week’s meeting of the joint policing committee that the increase in heroin is a concerning one and is due to a number of seizures valued in the 30 to 40 thousand euro category.

He said such a rise usually means an increase in crime and as such is being monitored very closely.

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Galway hospitals record lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway hospitals have recorded the lowest daily number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in over two weeks.

According to HSE figures, there are just two patients being treated for the virus at UHG today, while Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is reporting no confirmed cases.

These represent the lowest daily figures for the county since November 10th, when there was also just two confirmed cases.

Meanwhile, five patients are being treated for suspected cases of the virus in Galway hospitals this afternoon – with four at UHG and one at Portiuncula.

Nationwide, 257 Coronavirus patients are being treated in acute hospitals, while a further 104 hospital patients are waiting on Covid-19 test results.

30 of these patients are attending ICU, including 17 who are being treated on ventilators.

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