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Unemployment grows slightly in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Unemployment in Galway increased slightly last month, according to the Central Statistics Office.

There were 20 thousand 390 people out of work in the city and county at the end of January, an increase of just over 200 on the previous month.

The biggest increase in unemployment last month was in the city where an extra 145 people joined the Live Register.

The city now has an unemployment figure of just over 10 thousand.

The biggest increase in the county was in Ballinasloe where 34 more people signed on.

The unemployment figure for Ballinasloe in January was just under 2 thousand 400.

There was a slight increase of 14 in Clifden’s jobless figure in January.

There are now just over 12 hundred people out of work in Clifden.

There was a similiar increase in unemployment in Gort, where 13 more people signed on in January.

The jobless figure for Gort now stands at just over 14 hundred.

Loughrea saw 10 more people join the Live Register last month, bringing it’s unemployment figure to just over 2 thousand 200.

The only are where unemployment stayed the same was Tuam, where there are still just over 3 thousand people out of work.

This is the second consecutive increase in unemployment in Galway in the past few months.

There are now almost 20 thousand 400 people out of work here, a decrease of almost 2 thousand on the same period last year.

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Gardai Urge Motorists In Galway to exercise “Extreme” Caution as Weather Warning is extended

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardai have advised motorists in the county to exercise extreme caution if making an essential journey today due to icy conditions.

The National Status Yellow snow/ice warning that was due to be lifted at midday has been extended until 7pm

Met Eireann says icy stretches, sleet and snow will remain throughout the day with reports of dangerous road conditions in several parts of the county.

Extreme caution is advised around Clifden and on the N59 between there and Maam Cross after snowfall last night which led to some cars being stranded.

The forecaster has also issued a Status Yellow low temperature warning, which will take effect from 7pm and run until 10 tomorrow morning.

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Shortage of ICU Beds as figures show a drop in Covid 19 Cases in Galway Hospitals but an increase in those needing treatment in ICU

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A critical shortage of ICU beds are reported in Hospitals in Galway following yesterday evening’s figures released by the HSE.

At 8pm yesterday evening, there were 116 cases in Galway University Hospital and 8 in Portiuncla Hospital Ballinasloe.

Of that number, 18 are in ICU in Galway and 3 in Portiuncula with only two Critical Care beds available in the county. Both at Galway University Hospital.

According to last night’s figures, there are currently none available in Portiuncula Hospital.

The head of the HSE says that nationally, 650 people with Covid-19 are now receiving levels of critical care in hospital.

Paul Reid says 214 patients are in ICU and 436 are on advanced respiratory support.

He says healthcare teams are battling to hold the levels of care and to save lives.

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The Chief Medical Officer says we’re starting to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infection.

However, Dr Tony Holohan says people must avoid meeting others.

The number of new Covid-19 cases has fallen to 1,910 and the 14 day incidence rate has also dropped to 955.5.

But 77 more people have died.

In Galway City and County, the news showed an improvement in Galway’s Incidence Rate figures on previous days with a reported number of 914.9 and 74 cases.

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Cathaoirleach says that Mother and Baby Homes Report will be first item discussed at Monday’s Council meeting

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Cathaoirleach of Galway County Council James Charity has confirmed that the Mother and Baby Homes report will be the first matter to be discussed at Monday’s council meeting in Corrandulla.

In the Dail this week, the council was criticised for a lack of urgency in addressing its historic links with the Tuam mother and baby home.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte told the Dáil this week that she was ‘horrified’ to see the matter was way down the list of items on Monday’s agenda.

However, despite it being number eight on the agenda, Catherlioch of Galway County Council James Charity today told Galway Bay FM news that it was always going to be the first item discussed at Monday’s meeting.

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