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Warm reception for Douglas Kennedy in Eyre Square

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The youngest son of the late United States Senator, Robert Kennedy, says he will definitely return to Galway.

Douglas Kennedy and his family were welcomed to the city with a special ceremony at Kennedy Park in Eyre Square this afternoon.

The visit marks the 50th anniversary of his uncle, John F Kennedy’s visit to the city in 1963.

After the Eyre Square ceremony the Kennedy party walked through the city down to Tí Cóilí on Mainguard Street for an Irish coffee reception and later visited the City Museum

Hundreds of people gathered in the June sunshine this afternoon in Eyre Square to catch a glimpse of a Kennedy.

Douglas Kennedy, his wife Molly and childred, Riley, Rowan, Mickey, George and Boru accompanied him to the plinth where a bust of JFK is displayed.

In her speech, Mayor Terry O’ Flaherty, who was carrying out her last act in office, fondly remembered Douglas’ uncle John visiting 50 years ago:

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Douglas Kennedy says he will definitely make a return visit to Galway.

There will be a special extended feature on the Douglas Kennedy visit on FYI Galway from 5 this evening.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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