Met Eireann has issued a RED storm warning for Connacht and west Ulster, upgrading it from ORANGE.
They are forecasting severe southwest winds, with damaging gusts of up to 150 kilometres per hour from this afternoon.
Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal are expected to bear the brunt of the storm.
Hear what city protestors had to say about overturn of right to abortion in US
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was a strong turnout at a protest in the city last evening against the overturning of the right to abortion in the US.
The event began at Eyre Square, where activists and health workers addressed a large crowd, before leading a march through the city streets towards Spanish Arch.
David Nevin spoke to some of those taking part.
Worst June on record for overcrowding at UHG and Portiuncula
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Last month was the worst June on record for overcrowding at UHG and Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.
Figures from the INMO show that 828 people were waiting on trolleys at UHG last month.
That compares to 549 in June 2019 before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic – and 65 in June 2006, when records first began.
There were a further 225 patients without a bed at Portiuncula Hospital – compared to 92 in June 2019 pre-COVID, and 8 in June of 2006.
The worst affected hospital nationwide last month was University Hospital Limerick – with more than 1,800 patients waiting for a bed.
Overall, just under 10 thousand patients were on trolleys at hospitals across the country during June.
Galway TD asks Taoiseach to explain plan to fix “fractured” health system
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Dáil has heard of a young man in Galway facing a 5 year wait for surgery despite the fact he cannot work, drive, or even lift his young children.
Deputy Sean Canney was asking the Taoiseach to explain what the Government’s plan is to fix our broken health system.
He said waiting lists are out of control and staff morale is low, with many nurses leaving the public health service.
Deputy Canney began by outlining how one young man in his constituency is suffering as a result.