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VFI recommends that all pubs in Galway City close due to Covid 19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The VFI is recommending that all pubs in Galway City close for the next few weeks as part of efforts to slow or prevent the spread of coronavirus.

In a statement, Galway City Chairman Tom McDonagh says publicians have tried to work within the guidelines, but keeping a safe distance between customers has proved impossible.

He’s recommending all VFI members in the city to close their pubs for the next two weeks to protect staff and customers as part of national efforts to tackle Covid 19.

Meanwhile, the Taoiseach says the government may look for enforcement powers to make sure the ban on mass gatherings applies to pubs and clubs.

Leo Varadkar has also asked anyone who’s been on a night out this weekend to avoid physical contact with older people or those with chronic illnesses.

There’s been critcism from the HSE chief executive and politicians of a video that’s emerged of people packed into a busy Dublin pub last night.

Indoor mass gatherings of over 100 people have been banned by the government, including at pubs and clubs.

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President Michael D Higgins pays tribute to Mary McPartlan who has died at 65

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – President Michael D Higgins has paid tribute to Irish folk singer, Mary McPartlan, who has died at age 65.

Ms. McPartlan who was a musical director, broadcaster and folk singer, is well known among Galway’s arts circles.

President Higgins says she was pivotal in the Galway theatre company, Skehana, the Galway singers club, Riabhóg, and the Galway Youth Theatre.

He says he was privileged to call Ms McPartlan his friend and describes the late singer as admirably brave with a nobility of heart and a powerful reach of humanity.

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Galway Cycling Campaign calls for drivers to slow down as lockdown continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Cycling Campaign is calling on motorists to slow down, as traffic volumes on the road network have considerably reduced during the ongoing lockdown.

The cycling group says our busy hospitals shouldn’t be burdened with injuries from road traffic collisions that could potentially occur due to increased speed.

The group has praised the recent siting of a Garda speed van at the Seapoint roundabout in Salthill – where it argues many collisions have occurred in the past.

Martina Callanan is spokesperson for Galway Cycling Campaign – she says essential workers who travel to work by bike, on foot or by car need to feel safe on our roads.

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Executive Director of WHO programme addresses NUIG conferring of 190 future doctors

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Executive Director of the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme has delivered an inspiring address to NUI Galway’s online conferring of 190 future doctors.

Dr Mike Ryan, an NUIG graduate of the class of 1988 asked the new graduates to ‘protect themselves, others and serve those in need’.

The Newcastle based university hosted an online conferring ceremony for the School of Medicine today due to COVID 19 restrictions.

The Health Minister Simon Harris also addressed the graduation ceremony via video link and told NUIG’s 2020 Medicine class to “come work with us.”

Executive Director at the World Health Organisation’s Health Emergencies Programme Dr Mike Ryan urged the medicine class to join the battle against COVID-19.

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