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University Hospital Galway included in group of 9 which form kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan

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University Hospital Galway is included in a group of 9 which form the kernel of the HSE’s Winter Plan announced today
The 30 million euro initiative aims to prepare the health system for the next four months – with a special focus from the 17th December to January 13th.
During that time extra beds will be made available at 9 hospitals around the country, including UHG, while 550 homecare packages will be available to free up space for acute patients.
The HSE’s Vida Hamilton is advising people to avoid A&E if they can.
However, the former General Secretary of the INMO and member of the Slaintecare Advisory Council, Liam Doran says the plan comes very late in the day.

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Hopes assessment for secondary school on Inisbofin will resume following formation of Government

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s hoped an assessment will be carried out on a proposed secondary school on Inisbofin now that a new Government has been formed.

It’s understood officials from the Department of the Gaeltacht and the Islands had previously begun an initial assessment, as part of the Government’s Island Strategy.

However, it was deferred due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The latest attempt to to establish the first ever secondary school on the island began in January.

There are 13 children currently attending Inisbofin National School who will have to travel to the mainland to receive second level education.

The Inisbofin Secondary School Steering Group says a building has been identified for the proposed second level school – and just three teachers would be needed to staff it.

Spokesperson Pat Coyne says it’s vital the project goes ahead – he believes it could play a major role in regenerating the population of Inisbofin.

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Very slight drop in unemployment across Galway during June

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a very slight drop in unemployment in Galway last month.

There are now 10, 710 people without work across the county – a decrease of 50 on the figure for May.

While figures from the CSO also show 24,220 people in Galway were in receipt of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment by the end of last month.

In Galway City, there was a marginal increase of 6 people on the live register last month – leaving the total without work at 5,277.

There was also a slight increase of 18 people in Ballinasloe, with 1,154 people now on the live register in the East Galway town.

While Loughrea also experienced a slight rise in those out of work, from 1,127 in May to 1,138 last month.

Elsewhere, there were decreases in unemployment during the month of June.

In Clifden, the figure was 744, a drop of 23 people compared to May.

Further south, the number of unemployed people in Gort now stands at 775 – a drop of 7 people.

While in Tuam, the live register decreased by 55 people – finishing up at 1,622 last month.

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Scenes of large crowds outside pubs described as “worrying”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Scenes of large crowds gathering outside pubs last night have been described as “worrying”.

Images on social media show dozens of people outside bars and pubs in Dublin city centre and elsewhere nationwide.

It’s been months since many places have opened – and Gardai will continue spot checks today to make sure guidelines are being followed.

Professor Catherine Motherway, former President of the Intensive Care Society, says everyone needs to play their part to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Meanwhile in England, a poll has found more than half of voters think the hospitality sector reopened too early.

It’s after pubs and restaurants there welcomed back customers yesterday for the first time since March.

The head of England’s Police Federation says it’s “crystal clear” drunk people can’t or won’t socially distance.

But British Health Secretary, Matt Hancock, believes the majority are doing the “right thing”…

To hear more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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