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Two city beaches re-open to swimmers as ecoli threat ends

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The E Coli scare which closed two city beaches to swimmers this week has ended
The bathing prohibition was put in place at 3 yesterday afternoon at Ballyloughane and Grattan road beaches
Water sampling carried out on Monday showed an elevated presence of the bacteria ecoli
A spokesperson for the city council told Galway Bay fm news that the heavy rain was the likely cause for the elevated levels
Re-testing was done yesterday and the results show a return to acceptable bathing water quality results
In line with this the 24 hour bathing prohibition has been lifted and swimmers are now free to use Grattan road and Ballyloughane beaches again

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Bus Éireann to reinstate services on Galway to Gort route

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bus Éireann has announced that from this Friday, late services will be reinstated on the Galway to Gort bus route.

It follows the suspension of a number of Expressway 51 Galway-Limerick services last month, which resulted in the last bus from Galway departing at 5.05pm.

Local politicians expressed huge dismay at the move and the matter was even brought to the attention of Taoiseach Micheal Martin in the Dáil.

It’s now been confirmed that from Friday, the last daily departure from Ceannt Station will be restored to 7.05pm.

Bus Éireann says it recognises the later service from Galway is particularly important to people in South Galway and Clare.

It adds that guaranteed seat booking for the restored service will be available online at expressway.ie within a week of the resumption.

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Just 147 businesses in city and county avail of Covid 19 small business assistance scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just 147 businesses in the city and county have availed of the Covid-19 small business assistance scheme to date.

The scheme which was introduced to help small businesses who are impacted financially due to the pandemic provides grants of €4,000 to businesses working from non-rateable premises and €1,000 to businesses with a turnover between €20,000 and €50,000.

Figures released by the Department of Enterprise have revealed that up to June 11th, 57 small businesses in the city availed of the support at a total cost of €228,000.

In the county, 90 small enterprises have claimed €360,000 through the scheme.

It comes as the scheme is due to close on July 21st.

Sinn Féin Roscommon/Galway TD Claire Kerrane, who obtained the Department figures through a parliamentary question, says Local Authorities and the Government should seek out and encourage as many small businesses as possible to apply for the grants before the closing date.

She argues the uptake for the scheme has been very low despite the fact that many small businesses are still struggling.

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348 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 348 Covid-19 cases reported by the Department of Health.

41 people are in hospital with the virus – up 2 in 24 hours.

13 are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

It follows a warning that 90 percent of new Covid infections across the European Union by the end of August will be the Delta variant.

That’s according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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