Galway

  • A further 25 people have died from Covid19 in the Republic, while 365 new cases have been confirmed.

    It brings the death toll here to 235. 

    The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus now stands at 6,074. 

    The total number of confirmed cases in Mayo is now 130.

    There are now 134 cases in Galway, 28 in Sligo and 22 in Roscommon.

  • The Health Minister Simon Harris is to meet representatives of Nursing Homes later today as concerns intensify about the number of cluster cases of Covid-19 in nursing homes.

    There are 17 cluster of cases in nursing home now across the country.

    The latest figures show nationally 2,615 confirmed cases of Covid 19 with 46 deaths.

    Health officials say we still haven't hit a peak in cases.

    The HSE says it's planning for the peak to come around April 10th to 14th.

    26 people in county Mayo have now been diagnosed with Covid-19, 68 in Galway, 10 in Roscommon and 12 in Sligo.

  • 28 more people with Covid-19 have died in the Republic.

    The death toll related to the disease now stands at 794.

    936 new cases have been detected in the past 24 hours, with the total number of positive tests standing at 17,607.

    There are 26 more cases of Covid-19 in Mayo, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 365.

    There are now 315 cases in Galway, 98 in Sligo, and 92 in Roscommon.

  • Minister for Health Simon Harris has warned that allowing complacency to set in, in efforts to combat Covid-19, could be disastrous and potentially fatal.

    In a video message on Twitter, the Minister says the progress made by the Irish people could be undone.

    Testing of staff and residents in nursing home will continue this week as the focus remains on extinguishing and preventing outbreaks in long term residential care.

    There are encouraging signs that the situation in Ireland is stabilising.

    Hospital admissions fell for the third day in a row yesterday and ICU admissions remain relatively stable.

    However, latest figures show 610 people have now died in the Republic from Covid 19, while there are more than 15 thousand confirmed cases.
    39 people with the virus died yesterday, 2 of those deaths were in the west.

    The number of confirmed cases of the virus in Mayo now stands at 312, in Galway there are 283 cases, and 76 confirmed cases in both Sligo and Roscommon.

    As of 8pm on Saturday evening last there were 27 patients with confirmed Covid 19 at Mayo University Hospital with a further 18 patients with suspected cases of the virus.

     

  • 35 new jobs are being created in Galway by financial services firm PwC.

    Former Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday launched the company's new office at One Galway Central on Forster Street, which will allow PwC to double its workforce in the city over the next two years.

    Ken Johnson, Senior Partner and Assurance Leader at PwC Galway said it's a "strategic relocation" that reflects strong growth in the West.

    He said the company's expansion also gives graduates the opportunity to work and live locally, while having the benefit of developing a career in a global organisation.

    PwC provides financial services in 158 countries and employs a quarter of a million people worldwide.

     

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys has increased by 50 since yesterday.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 563 patients on hospital trolleys across the country today - up from 513 yesterday.

    Limerick University Hospital is again the most overcrowded with 64 patients waiting for a bed, followed by Galway and Cork University Hospitals - both with 44 patients on trolleys.

    There are 33 patients waiting for a bed today at Sligo University Hospital and 7 at Mayo University Hospital.

    Meanwhile the number of patients taking up beds on a long-term basis at Galway University Hospital who no longer need that level of medical care needs to be tackled, according to a local Councillor.

    There are currently 37 patients at University Hospital Galway and Merlin Park Hospital who have been there for over two months - but only 14 of these are receiving active medical care.

    Galway-based Fianna Fail Councillor Donagh Killilea questioned HSE management on the issue of bed-blockers at yesterday's meeting of the HSE West Regional Forum.

    Councillor Killilea says the figure provided by the HSE include long-term care applicants waiting to move to other health facilities, as well as homeless people.

    He believes the HSE and Galway City Council can do more to find alternative accommodation for these patients, and free up beds for patients on trolleys.

  • 522 people are waiting on trolleys in hospitals across the country today. 

    According to the INMO, the worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where 68 people are waiting for beds. 

    The second most-overcrowded is University Hospital Galway, where 37 patients are on trolleys.

    There are 16 patients waiting for a bed at Mayo University Hospital, 12 in Sligo and 2 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

     

  • A Galway-based recruitment firm has decided to introduce a four-day working week.

    i.c.e.  Group, located at Liosbain Industrial Estate on the Tuam Road in the city,  trialed the initiative for the past six months, and after productivity grew by 27 percent, it has introduced the system permanently.

    It comes as the new Prime Minister of Finland Sanna Marin is calling for a six-hour - four-day working week.

    HR Manager of ICE Group, Breann McGarry, told Midwest News this afternoon that the staff enjoy the extra day off work. 

    She said one of the company's Directors came up with the idea as he was keen to invest in staff.

  • The overcrowding crisis continues at Galway University Hospital, with 43 patients on trolleys today.

    Yesterday there were 50 patients on trolleys at the Galway Hospital, and the full capacity protocol was put in place, with people urged to contact their GP before attending the Emergency Department.

    Today, there are 465 patients on hospital trolleys across the country, according to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Galway University Hospital is the third most overcrowded with 43 patients waiting for a bed, with 15 people on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital and 4 at Mayo University Hospital.

     

     

  • 435 Electric and Hybrid cars have been sold in Galway City in the first 6 months of this year - which is a 62% increase on the same period last year.

    The figures were released today by Done Deal, and show that, nationally, almost 10,000 new Electric and Hybrid cars were sold in the first half of 2019  - up 69% on this time last year.

    The rise means Electric and Hyrbid car sales are the only growth area in the Irish car market this year.

    The best-selling new electric car of 2019 in Ireland is the Hyundai Kona, followed by the Nissan Leaf and Volkswagen E Golf.

     

     

  • 44 more people have died after contracting Covid-19 in the Republic.

    The death toll across the country now stands at 530.

    In the past 24 hours 702 new cases have been detected, including 112 from swabs sent to German labs.

    The total number of positive tests now stands at 13,980.

    In Mayo there are now 259 confirmed Cases of Covid-19.

    There are 266 cases in Galway, 69 in Sligo and 61 confirmed cases in Roscommon.

  • 45 new jobs have been announced at a Galway-based technology start-up firm.

    Joulica, which was founded in 2016 and is based in the Business Innovation Centre at NUI Galway, is planning to create 45 new jobs over the next 3 years.

    Joulica currently employs 25 staff, and is seeking experts in software, data analytics and business development to serve new product development opportunities in the US and Europe.

    The jobs announcement was made at the company's headquarters today by the Minster for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys.

    The development is supported by Enterprise Ireland.

     

     

     

     

  • 49 more deaths related to Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic.

    The death toll from the disease now stands at 769.

    631 new cases have been detected today, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 16,671.

    The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Mayo has risen once again, bringing the total number of cases in the county to 339.

    The number of cases in Galway is now 309, with 91 cases in Roscommon, and 97 in Sligo.

  •  50 positions in the HSE across counties Mayo, Galway and Roscommon that were promised for 2019, will now not be filled until 2020 at the earliest.

    That’s  according to Mayo Fianna Fail deputy Dara Calleary and the deputy says in a region where there are already significant waiting lists for patients waiting for a range of therapies  - this situation is simply not acceptable.

    The 50 positions are across the therapies, including Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and others.

    Deputy Calleary has had this position confirmed by the Minister in the Dail last week.

  • 50 new jobs have been announced for Tuam.

    One of the town's biggest employers Valeo has announced a €44 million investment in its Research, Development and Innovation centre, and will employ a further 50 people.

    Valeo is the world's leading provider of driving assistance systems to car manufacturers.

    Valeo Vision, based in Tuam, specialise in the design and manufacture of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, such as rear view cameras, surround view and camera monitoring systems, pedestrian detection and automated parking.

    Galway East TD and Minister of State Séan Canney says this further investment in Tuam is great news for the town.

     

  • Despite the Summer season, overcrowding continues at hospitals across the country with 458 people on trolleys today, according to the INMO.

    Galway University Hospital is the second most overcrowded, with 50 patients waiting for admission to a bed.

    The busiest is University Hospital Limerick with 56 patients on trolleys.

    Elsewhere in this region, there are 16 on trolleys at Sligo University Hospital,  4 at Mayo University Hospital and 1 at Portiuncla Hospital.

     

     

     

     

  • 28 more people have died after contracting Covid-19 with the death toll now standing at 263.

    500 new cases have also been detected in the past 24 hours - the largest number in a single day since the outbreak began.

    The total number of positive tests in the Republic is now 6,574.

    There is now 134 confirmed cases in both Mayo & Galway.

    There are 28 confirmed cases in Sligo and 22 in Roscommon.

  • Galway University Hospital is topping the INMO's daily trolley count today, with 52 patients waiting for a bed at the hospital.

    This is the highest figure nationally today, with 475 patients on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    Sligo University Hospital has 30 patients waiting for a bed, with 14 at Mayo University Hospital and 3 at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe.

     

     

     

     

     

  • There's been another drop in the number of patients waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country.

    520 people are without beds today, down from 621 yesterday, and a record high of 760 on Monday and Tuesday.

    University Hospital Limerick is the worst affected facility with 48 people on trolleys, followed by University Hospital Galway with 45 patients on trolleys.

    There are 21 on trolleys at Portiuncla Hospital in Ballinasloe, 19 in Sligo and 9 at Mayo University Hospital.

    Elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the Saolta group this week as a result of the overcrowding, with the exception of a limited number of urgent cases.

    The INMO says there's still a dangerous number of patients without beds, but says any progress is welcome.

    The nursing union is calling for the HSE and Government to act on safe staffing, to ensure that this week's record high trolley numbers are never reached again.

  • The number of patients on hospital trolleys across the country has increased significantly this week, compared to last week.

    Today, there are 565 patients waiting for a bed - with 583 on trolleys yesterday and 565 on Monday.

    Last week's trolley figures were between 300 and 400.

    The INMO figures show Galway University Hospital is the third most-overcrowded today with 44 patients on trolleys, while there are 22 waiting for a bed at Sligo University Hospital and 13 at Mayo University Hospital.

    The ongoing overcrowding and the pressure this is putting on nursing staff are among the reasons INMO members are taking strike action later this month.

    Nurses will go on a 24-hour strike on Wednesday 30th January - three weeks from today - with 5 further days of strike action planned for February.

    The union says members are fed up dealing with low pay and poor working conditions.

    However, the Irish Patients Association says patients lives are at risk if the proposed strike by nurses goes ahead at the end of the month.