Galway bay fm newsroom – Met Éireann has issued an upgraded status red weather alert for Galway as storms continue to batter the country.
Very stormy conditions with violent winds are to be expected this evening with very severe gusts of 130 to 170km/h.
Some 1500 ESB customers are still without power across the county this evening as a result of the violent storm conditions.
Areas affected include Gort, Lettermore, Woodford, and Ardrahan- and most faults have been caused by fallen trees or power lines.
The ESB is advising people to stay away from fallen power lines and treat them as though they are live.
Matt Cunningham, spokesperson for ESB in Galway, says teams are working to repair all faults and will restore power as quickly as possible
Meanwhile, the driver of a truck that overturned on the N18 Galway to Gort road at Kiltartan has been taken to UGH as a precautionary measure.
The road at Kiltartan was fully closed to facilitate the removal of the truck, but is expected to re-open around now.
Council crews are assisting in the removal of several fallen trees across the county, and Bus Eireann services were suspended for a time earlier this afternoon due to high winds.
Due to fallen trees, the road between Killure and Nutfield and the road between Ahascra and Fohanna is impassible.
The road between Castleblakeney and Ballymacward is closed due to a fallen powerline.
Gardaí are reporting spot flooding on roads in the city, Salthill and Clifden, and are advising of strong crosswinds on the M6 Dublin to Galway road between junction 13 Athlone West and Junction 15 Ballinasloe West.
Meanwhile, Gary McMahon from Galway City Council is advising people not to take any risks
Meanwhile, Westside Library has closed due to storm damage.
Four large panes of glass at the front of the building smashed to the ground as a result of high winds.
Librarian Cora Gunter says the library will remain closed until engineers can assess the safety of the building:
1,224 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There has been a further 1,224 Covid-19 cases reported today.
It brings the five-day moving average of new cases to 1,334 – a slight increase compared to yesterday, but down from 1,454 a week ago.
278 people are in hospital with the virus, up 17 in 24 hours.
63 are in ICU, down three.
Figures released for Galway University Hospital yesterday evening shows that there are 16 receiving treatment for Covid-19. A reduction of 7 on the day previously.
Meanwhile, in Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there is one patient getting treatment. No change from yesterday.
Of those figures, there are 4 in ICU in GUH, a reduction of 2 on yesterday and no change for Portiuncula with 1 patient in ICU.
LISTEN: Mizen to Malin cycle against Suicide to pass through Galway on Tuesday and Wednesday
The 700km Mizen to Malin cycle against Suicide will be visiting and passing through Galway on Tuesday and Wednesday next.
Over 100 cyclists from all over the country are taking part and they began this morning at 9.15am leaving the Mizen Head Car Park on their first leg to Killarney.
The Tuesday leg will leave Ballyvaughan and overnight in Oranmore before passing through Galway on Wednesday passing through Moycullen, Oughterard, Maam Cross, Lenane and Westport on its route to Castlebar.
Cycle Against Suicide, in existence since 2013, is a national awareness charity that sets out to change culture and create a society that openly talks about suicide to allow people to speak up and seek help.
Barry Williams is the fundraising and social media manager for Cycle against Suicide. He said there was great excitement when they set off from Mizen Head this morning:
Further supports are available on www.cycleagainstsuicide.com
Day 1/Sunday September 19th — Mizen >> Killarney – 122km
Day 2/Monday September 20th — Killarney >> Lahinch – 126km
Day 3/Tuesday, September 21st — Lahinch >> Oranmore – 86km
Day 4/Wednesday, September 22nd — Oranmore >> Castlebar – 118km
Day 5/Thursday, September 23rd— Castlebar >> Donegal Town -148km
Day 6/Friday, September 24th — Donegal >> Malin Head – 123km
Listen: Midlands North West MEP calls for Gender-Based Violence to be established as a Eurocrime
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Midlands-North-West MEP Maria Walsh has this week called for the European commission to establish gender-based violence as a Eurocrime, which would make gender-based crimes illegal in all EU countries.
MEP Walsh had a central role in establishing the Parliament recommendations to the Commission on what to include in their future actions on combating gender-based violence.
A survey completed in 2014 by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights found that approximately 50 women lose their lives to domestic violence every week.
A Women’s Aid report published earlier this year saw that 29,717 people contacted the domestic violence support service in 2020, an increase of 43% compared to 2019. 95% of those who contacted the 24-hour national helpline were women, 5% were men.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News this afternoon, MEP Walsh said that while the vote does not immediately mean that Gender Based violence is a Eurocrime, it is an important start to the process: