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Transport Minister urges end to Bus Eireann strike action

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The Transport Minister is urging drivers at Bus Éireann to engage in talks with management, in an effort to bring their strike action to an end.

There were no Bus Éireann services operating out of Galway today as a result of nationwide strike action by staff affiliated with the national bus and rail union.
 
Up to 20 Bus Éireann drivers are continuing to picket outside the bus depot at the docks in the city this evening.

Drivers from other unions have decided not to cross the picket line and go into work today – causing the disruption to be even worse.

Bus drivers are protesting against five million euro worth of cuts to their overtime and premium pay – cuts which Bus Eireann says are vital to ensure the future viability of the company.

The majority of services nationwide are disrupted, and the union say strike action will continue until management are willing to go back into negotiations.

However, it’s not expected to affect school services next week.

Around 70 percent, or over 100 Galway bus Eireann drivers are affiliated with the NBRU.

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Less than 5 new COVID-19 cases in Galway, 456* nationally, and 13 further deaths

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 13 additional deaths related to COVID-19.

There has now been a total of 2,099 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.

As of midnight Friday 4th December, the HPSC has been notified of 456* confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 73,948** confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. 

Of the cases notified today:

  • 219 are men / 235 are women
  • 59% are under 45 years of age
  • The median age is 39 years old
  • 197 in Dublin, 37 in Donegal, 33 in Limerick, 21 in Louth, 20 in Kilkenny and the remaining 148 cases are spread across 21 other counties. 

As of 2pm today, 231 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU. 5 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.

*A technical issue that delayed uploading of laboratory results to the HPSC has been resolved. It led to a reduced number of cases reported in recent days. The reporting is reflected in a higher number of cases today. There has been no impact on the management of cases or the timeliness of contact tracing. Day on day variations such as these are taken into account in all epidemiological analyses.

**Validation of data at the HPSC has resulted in the reclassification of 1 probable case to confirmed. The figure of 73,948 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 04 December 2020) (incidence rate based on Census 2016 county population)

CountyToday’s cases (to midnight 04Dec2020)14-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population (to 04Dec2020)New Cases during last 14 days(04Dec2020)
Ireland45680.93850
Donegal37219.9350
Louth21160.6207
Kilkenny20159.2158
Limerick33147.8288
Monaghan13122.275
Wicklow18114.4163
Carlow596.655
Dublin19794.71276
Tipperary1490.3144
Longford<588.136
Mayo582.8108
Waterford867.178
Laois956.748
Cavan555.142
Roscommon<552.734
Offaly1451.340
Kildare1350.8113
Galway<550.4130
Meath1349.797
Cork1343.5236
Sligo<539.726
Clare<535.342
Kerry<531.847
Westmeath<525.923
Wexford<52030
Leitrim<512.5<5

Ireland’s current 7-Day incidence rate per 100,000 population is 42.9.

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NUI Galway Covid-19 Project Wins National Impact Award

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A project that connects patients with their loved ones, against a backdrop of COVID-19 restrictions on visits to hospitals, has seen NUI Galway win a National Impact Award.

The project, known as ICU Familylink, won the Knowledge Transfer Ireland Impact Award, in the ‘COVID-19 Response’ Category

The university worked with industry partners Cisco and IBM to deliver the state-of-the-art video call system, specifically for the intensive care unit setting at University Hospital Galway (UHG).

The Knowledge Transfer Ireland (KTI) Impact Awards recognise and showcase the success in knowledge transfer carried out in Irish Higher Education Institutions and publicly funded research organisations for the wider benefit of the economy and society at large.

Dr Aoife Murray, delivered the initiative along with Irial Conroy, Breda McColgan and PJ McKenna of IBM, Brian O’Donoghue of Cisco and Frank Kirrane, Leonie Cullen and Dr Bairbre McNicholas of UHG.

They were supported by the wider Saolta, Cisco, IBM, UHG and NUI Galway staff, and other organisations that kindly provided supports with special thanks also conveyed to Niamh Connolly and Ian Gallivan of NUI Galway and the TTO office for the facilitation of making all of the project’s contributions available in the public domain.

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Ballinasloe to Portumna Road Reopens Following Road Traffic Collision

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Ballinasloe to Portumna Road has now reopened following an earlier road traffic collision at Lismaney, Laurencetown.

Three vehicles were involved and Gardai and The Emergency Services were called to the scene.

There were no reported injuries from the collision.

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