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Westdoc nurses return to work following dispute

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A group of nurses can now return to work at Westdoc after reaching agreement in an ongoing dispute.
The fallout occurred when 15 nurses were laid off after the insurer of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation withdrew their personal liability cover.
The nurses initially rejected an offer by ballot but have since accepted an amended offer.
Indemnity cover has been sourced at a more reasobable cost, however the parties have yet to reach agreement on who will pay it.
Claire Treacy is spokesperson for the INMO and says an interim arrangement has been reached until a deal on who will pay the insurance is ironed out.

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Water outage in west side of city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Households and businesses in the west of the city are without water today.

It’s due to a burst watermain on the Letteragh Road.

Irish Water says crews are working to repair the significant burst as quickly and as safely as possible.

Repairs are expected to be completed by 7 this evening.

Areas affected include Salthill, Lower Salthill, Dominick Street and West End of City Centre, Newcastle, University Road, St Mary’s Road, Taylor’s Hill, Kingston and southern end of Knocknacarra and surrounding areas.

The public is advised that supply to UHG is independent and will remain unaffected by the incident.

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143 cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 143 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Galway hospitals today as pressure continues on the health service nationwide.

131 Coronavirus patients are being treated at UHG, while 12 patients are attending Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe.

The intensive care unit at UHG is treating 10 COVID-19 patients – with two patients being treated for the virus in the ICU at Portiuncula Hospital.

It comes as over 2,000 people with COVID-19 are being treated in Irish hospitals for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

HSE CEO Paul Reid says healthcare workers are trying hard to remain in control.

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Galway records 11% drop in new company registrations

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway recorded an 11 percent drop in new company registrations last year.

806 were recorded in the city and county in the 12 month period compared to 897 in 2019.

25 insolvencies were recorded in Galway in the period.

There’s been a national drop of 4 percent in the number of start-up firms in 2020.

CRIF Vision-net says 21,924 new companies were registered last year, the lowest figure since 2016.

Of the 26 counties in the Republic, 24 saw a drop in new firm start-ups.

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