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Tuam Council votes against involvement in car park dispute

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam Town Council has voted not to mediate in a dispute over a car park in the town that is currently closed following a High Court order.

A Council meeting this week heard that any mediation by them in the dispute over the car park beside O’Toole’s Super Valu, would have no bearing on a pending decision by An Bord Pleanála.

Cllr. Martin Ward proposed that they mediate between the two sides.

He said the issue was divisive and some workers were worried about their jobs being lost.

Cllr Mary Loftus said small local producers supplying the supermarket were worried about job losses and people were driving to other towns to do their shopping.

Cllr Paul O’Grady said he was not saying who was right or wrong but the board should try to mediate.

But Mayor Imelda Kelly said any local mediation could not overrule a decision by the High Court or influence what An Bord Pleanála may decide on March 12th.

Co. Council official Evan Molloy said that it was now up to the courts and An Bord Pleanála to decide and no negotiations in Tuam would change this.

Neither was it common practice for a town board to write to An Bord Pleanála on such issues.

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1,408 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement from the National Public Health Emergency Team 

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,408* confirmed cases of COVID-19.  

As of 8am today, 152 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 26 are in ICU. 

Dr. Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said: “Currently, 2% of cases are being hospitalised. We know that we would be experiencing many more cases and hospitalisations were it not for the great progress being made in taking up vaccination. We need to keep this up as we move to vaccinate the remaining, mostly younger, cohorts of our population.  

“The more people vaccinated in this country, the less opportunity COVID-19 has to inflict severe illness and disruption on us. If you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination and have yet to register, please do so as soon as possible.” 

“If you are waiting to be fully vaccinated, please continue to follow the public health advice; manage your social contacts, meet outdoors, stay 2m apart, wear masks, wash/sanitize hands regularly and avoid non-essential travel abroad. If you are experiencing symptoms of cold and flu: headache, sore throat, runny nose, stay at home and get tested as soon as possible for COVID-19.” 

Dr. Ronan Glynn, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “Vaccination is having a very positive impact on the risk profile of COVID-19 in Ireland. As more people get fully vaccinated we can expect to see a higher proportion of cases in fully vaccinated people. This does not mean that vaccines are not working and, for those who have been fully vaccinated, their risk of severe illness or hospitalisation as result of COVID-19 is much lower than if they had not been vaccinated.  

“It is vital that as many people as possible take the opportunity to get vaccinated in the weeks ahead – both for their own protection and for the protection of their families and friends. Walk-in centres for vaccination will open this weekend – please take the opportunity to get vaccinated.” 

Professor Philip Nolan, Chair of the NPHET Irish Epidemiological Modelling Advisory Group, “Today we are reporting 1,408 cases of COVID-19 with a median age of 24. The current trajectory of the more transmissible Delta variant across the country means that unvaccinated people remain at high risk of contracting COVID-19.  

“The pace at which our vaccination programme is operating means that it will not be long before you can avail of a vaccine. In the meantime, unvaccinated people should take all public health precautions to avoid contracting the disease.” 

Professor Karina Butler, Chair of the National Immunisation Advisory Committee, said; “The National Immunisation Advisory Committee examined and recommended the use of mRNA vaccines for 12-15 year olds. Clinical trials estimated efficacy of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as 100% in these age groups, making them extremely effective in preventing infection in this age cohort.  

“I would strongly encourage those aged 12-15 years of age with underlying medical conditions, those living with a younger child with complex medical needs, or with an immunocompromised adult to accept vaccination as soon as it is offered.” 

Dr Cillian De Gascun, Medical Virologist and Director of the National Virus Reference Laboratory, said; “With more than 90% of all cases now caused by the more transmissible Delta variant, it’s vital we continue to exercise individual caution until each of us is fully vaccinated.” 

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City Council votes to take roads at Doughiska estate in charge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to take two roads at a Doughiska estate in charge.

Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of taking over the management of the roads at Fionnuisce.

It comes as last year an application calling for the City Council to takeover the roads was made by the Local Authority on behalf of residents from the estate.

The City Council has confirmed that 61% of residents voted in favour of the proposal, while 10 submissions were made on the plan – one by a residents group, one by a local elected representative and eight by local residents – all in favour of the proposal.

With the agreement by Councillors, the Local Authority will now manage almost 400 metres of road space, including open public spaces, within the Fionnuisce estate.

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Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.

The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.

The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.

A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.

It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.

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