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Two men in court following seizure of cash and suspected drugs in Galway city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two men arrested in connection with the seizure of €119,000 worth of suspected cocaine, cannabis and cash in Galway have been charged

Galway Gardaí made the seizures during a number of searches in the east of the city, carried out under Operation Tara.

Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit carried out the searches last evening and into the early hours of today

This was an intelligence led operation and resulted in €36,500 worth of suspected cocaine, €80,600 worth of suspected cannabis and €2,100 in cash being seized.

Two men, both in their late teens, were arrested at separate locations

After being questioned at Garda headquarters in Murrough they were charged this afternoon and are appearing before Galway District Court today

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13 Covid 19 patients receiving care at Galway’s public hospitals

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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….

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Health Minister to bring memo to Government on provision of elective hospital in Galway

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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.

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Warning of two tier recovery as hospitality sector in the West faces major post Covid challenges

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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.

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