Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway names are included on the latest Tax Defaulters List in which Revenue reached settlements in the second quarter of the year in 18 cases nationally, worth over 3.3 million euro.
The highest of the two Galway settlements was made by Morristown Educational Trust Fund in Barna, at Marian Heights in Ballard
The settlement paid was just over 84 thousand euro in a Revenue Enquiry Case for non-declaration of Capital Gains
The other Galway settlement was made by Anthony Williams of Brendan’s Road Portumna
His occupation is listed as a healthcare service provider, trading as Portumna Retirement Village
Mr Williams payment of just under 46 thousand euro was in a Revenue Audit Case for under-declaration of Income Tax.
Nationally, 7 cases were for amounts over 100,000 euro and one was for more than half a million.
In one case, a settlement of 1.5 million euro was paid by Veners Consulting Unlimited of 6B Upper Water Street, Newry, County Down, formerly Dr Hugh O’Connor Unlimited.
13 Covid 19 patients receiving care at Galway’s public hospitals
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 13 Covid 19 patients are receiving care at Galway’s public hospitals.
10 of the patients are being treated for the virus at UHG, with three receiving care at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Three patients are receiving acute care in the ICU at UHG, with one patient receiving ICU attention at Portiuncula Hospital.
About 33% of all Covid patients in ICUs nationwide are vaccinated, according to the Intensive Care Society.
66 people are in critical care units with the virus – while there are 291 in hospital.
Dr Alan Gaffney, the vice-president of the Intensive Care Society, says the ICU figure has been static in recent weeks….
Health Minister to bring memo to Government on provision of elective hospital in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister plans to bring a memo to Government shortly on the provision of three new elective hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway.
The Government hopes such facilities would contribute to reducing waiting times for elective surgery.
According to the Irish Times, a taskforce modelled on the team that led the Covid-19 vaccination rollout is to be charged with seeing through a plan, to cost hundreds of millions of euro over the coming years, that aims to bring down healthcare waiting lists.
Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly is to establish the taskforce in the coming weeks, with the membership to be drawn from the Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and the National Treatment Purchase Fund .
A shorter-term waiting list plan designed to address the impact of Covid-19 and the cyberattack on the HSE will be put in place for the rest of this year.
The Minister plans to bring a memo to Government shortly on the provision of three new elective hospitals in Dublin, Cork and Galway, which the Government hopes will contribute to reducing waiting times for elective surgery.
Warning of two tier recovery as hospitality sector in the West faces major post Covid challenges
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A representative group has warned there will be 3,730 fewer jobs in the drinks and hospitality industry in the West in 2022 due to the continuing impact of pandemic.
The analysis compiled by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland has warned of a two-tier recovery in 2022, with hospitality facing major post-Covid challenges despite the broader economy’s ongoing recovery as the country approaches full vaccination.
The study predicts 140,000 people will be employed by drinks and hospitality businesses in 2022, down from almost 180,000 in Q4 2019.
It also finds rural areas, women, and young people are likely to be disproportionately affected by industry contraction.
In the final quarter of 2019, prior to the onset of the pandemic, in the West region, which includes the counties of Roscommon, Galway and Mayo, 7.5% of the adult population were employed in drinks and hospitality jobs – 6.8% in Galway alone.
Drinks Industry Group of Ireland is calling for a 7.5% reduction in excise tax in October’s Budget to help the industry weather this difficult trading environment.