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    A US technology firm is to create 30 new jobs in Oranmore, Galway.

    Cisco has announced 100 new jobs for Ireland, through its digitisation programme.

    The majority of the jobs will be in their Dublin base while 30 software roles will be created in Galway.

    The company already employs 300 people at their facilities in Oranmore and Dublin, and the new software roles are to boost its capabilities in artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things.

     

     

     

  • An investigation is under way following vandalism over the weekend at the Glinsk GAA pitch in Co Galway.

    It appears a vehicle drove across the grass on Saturday night, leaving tyre tracks and cutting up part of the playing surface.

    It is thought the pitch surface will have to be rolled and reseeded to restore it to its previous state.

    CCTV footage from the adjacent community centre is being examined in an effort to identify those responsible.

    While there are no competitive fixtures scheduled at the Glinsk grounds this week, regular training sessions will be affected by the damage.

    The club is appealing for anyone with information on the incident to contact Gardai.

     

     

     

     

  • Victims of the cervical smear scandal are being remembered tomorrow (Sunday), Nollaig na mBan, with a candlelight vigil on Eyre Square in Galway organised by the Galway Council of Trade Unions.

    Following the publication of the Scally Report into the scandal, the Galway Council of Trade Unions decided to remember and pay tribute to the late Emma Mhic Mhathuna and other victims of the scandal on the day which traditionally celebrates women.

    The Council is calling on public representatives to ensure that all 50 recommendations made in the Scally Report be implemented so that this could never happen again.

    Marian Spelman, President of the Galway Council of Trade Unions says it is imperative that the Government secures a licence for quality cervical smear testing in Ireland or at least in Europe and make it available to Irish women.

    They are also inviting local public representatives and councillors to join the vigil on Sunday at 6pm to show their support and willingness to keep this on the agenda until the Scally recommendations have been implemented.

    Ms Spelman told Midwest News that the candlelight vigil isn’t confined to women as the cervical screening scandal had affected men and women. 

  • The victorious Galway camogie team received a warm welcome home last night, after winning the O' Duffy Cup in Sunday's All-Ireland final at Croke Park.

    Hundreds of supporters lined the roads in the parish of Mullagh in East Galway - home village of the team's captain Sarah Dervan.

    The Galway cavalcade had earlier crossed the Shannon on the outskirts of Athlone, where the cup was walked from Leinster into Connaught.

     

     

  • Visiting restrictions are in place at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe following an outbreak of  Norovirus.

    Members of the public are asked not to visit the hospital unless absolutely essential.

    Hospital management says this is due to a number of confirmed cases of the vomiting bug.

    In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of this virus, they say it’s imperative that only essential visiting takes place.

    Children should not visit the hospital as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.

     

     

  • Visiting restrictions have been reduced to just one ward at Galway University Hospital, following a suspected outbreak of the Norovirus vomiting bug.

    Visitor restrictions have now been lifted in St Mary’s ward and St Anthony’s ward, but remain in place in St Enda’s ward.

    Management at UHG say it’s imperative that only essential visiting takes place in St Enda’s ward, and are asking visitors to co-operate with hospital staff.

    Anyone with symptoms of the vomiting bug are asked not to visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick patients.

     

  • Visitor restrictions have been put in place at two wards at University Hospital Galway, due to a number of suspected cases of the vomiting bug.

    The Saolta Hospital group has confirmed that visitor restrictions are in place on St Anthony’s ward and St Mary’s ward.

    In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the Norovirus, management says only essential visiting should take place, and children should not visit the hospital as they may be particularly susceptible to the illness.

    Visitors are asked to comply with the restrictions and use the hand gels supplied as they enter and leave the hospital.

    Anyone in the community with symptoms of the virus should not visit the hospital, to avoid spreading the virus to vulnerable patients.

     

  • University Hospital Galway is asking people to comply with visitor restrictions on St. Dominic's Ward due to a number of confirmed cases of the flu.  In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the flu virus, it is imperative that only essential visiting takes place at this time in consultation with nurse management on the ward.

    Infection control procedures are in place on the affected ward and will remain in place until further notice.
     
    There continue to be cases of flu in the community and anyone who is suffering from symptoms of the flu should not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients.

    Meanwhile visiting restrictions have been lifted from St Coman’s Medical Ward in Roscommon University Hospital.

  • Volunteers from Clifden RNLI rescued a bull who fell from a steep cliff yesterday evening (Saturday 22 December).

    At 5pm, Clifden RNLI’s Deputy Launching Authority Saul Joyce requested the station’s Atlantic 85 inshore lifeboat to launch to assist a local farmer whose bull had slipped down a steep cliff and become stuck on the shoreline below.

    The area was inaccessible by road and difficult to access on foot. The farmer along with three members of the public and the local vet were on scene. 

    The lifeboat helmed by Alan Pryce and with crew members Thomas Davis, Daniel Whelan and Ian Shanahan onboard, launched immediately and attended the scene approximately half mile from the station.

    The weather conditions at the time were favourable with a light westerly force 1-2 breeze. The sea was flat calm and it was high tide.

    Crew member Thomas Davis was put ashore to assist the farmer and vet and a plan was put in place where a bridle or halter was attached to the animal and passed to the lifeboat.

    Under the instruction of the vet and farmer, the lifeboat gently made way astern and used the tension on the line to guide the animal off the dangerous rocks into the water.

    The lifeboat crew then guided the bull as it swam to a nearby beach where it made its way up the shore to safety. 

    The lifeboat stood by until all parties were safely away from the cliffs and water and then returned to base.

     

  • Water charges went wrong because of how they were implemented rather than the idea, according to a new report.

    Researchers at NUI Galway have found there was a "serious disconnect" between the design and implementation.

    A conference is being held today to discuss how policies can be better introduced.

    Alan Ahearne, director of the Whittaker Institute at NUI Galway, says the local property tax model should have been followed.

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council will be assessing water supply schemes across the county today to monitor usage levels which will inform decisions about which supplies need to be restricted overnight. By restricting schemes where demand is outstripping supply, reservoirs have the opportunity to replenish over night and therefore ensuring customers receive a water supply during the day.

     

    Customers are being asked to conserve water by turning off taps, both inside and outside, limiting usage of washing machines and dishwashers where possible and taking showers instead of baths, to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

     

    In Carraroe night time restrictions will continue over the coming days. This will be managed locally to ensure water supply is rotated around the scheme. Irish Water would like to thank Galway Fire Brigade and the local fire service for distributing bottled water to vulnerable customers in Carraroe who have registered with Irish Water.

     

    A repair crew returned to Inishbofin this morning (Sunday) to carry out further repairs to a mechanical fault at the plant. The plant is in production with limited capacity. There will be water restrictions in place tonight. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water was delivered to the island yesterday.

     

    Demand has increased significantly once again on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies and last night’s restrictions will continue until this afternoon to allow the reservoirs refill. There will be more restrictions on this scheme tonight.

     

    Customers in Tir an Fhia are receiving intermittent supply due to issues at the water treatment plant. There will be further restrictions on this supply as a result. Repairs are currently being carried out at the plant. Customers are urged to conserve water as much as possible.

     

    Night time restrictions were imposed on the Carna/Kilkieran, Roundstone, and Rós Muc water supplies last night from 10pm until 9am this morning. Unprecedented demand due to taps being left running is causing reservoir levels to drop. This scheme will be monitored throughout the day and a decision on further restrictions will be taken this evening.

     

    Leak repair crews are still trying to find a leak in Williamstown which is causing a major water supply issue in the town. Supply will be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days and customers will experience intermittent disruptions and/or loss of supply.

     

    Across Galway there are issues with high demand. Irish Water is appealing to customers to turn off taps and check for leaks on their own properties and in holiday homes and unoccupied premises and to report them to Irish Water’s customer care helpline on 1850 278 278. Irish Water is appealing to any customers with external taps to ensure that these are securely turned off as we try to protect the levels of our reservoirs and secure drinking water for local communities. A continuous flow from an external tap over a 24 hour period could use the equivalent of the daily water usage of 40 households.

     

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Ballinasloe and Tuam.

     

  • Water restrictions are in place this evening in the Co Galway area of Carraroe.

    Irish Water is advising customers supplied from the Carraroe public water supply that, due to exceptional demand and mechanical issues at the plant water, restrictions are now in place.

    Water supply will be restored from tomorrow morning with further restrictions expected to be imposed again tomorrow afternoon.

    Irish Water says the extremely cold weather is causing issues for water processing at the plant and is also hampering repairs. This situation could continue for a number of days and a further update will be issued tomorrow.

     In the meantime, Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council is working to maintain a supply to the village centre and nursing home.

    Across Co Galway, Customers are asked not to run their taps as it is causing difficulties in many areas with water treatment plants struggling to keep up with demand.

    The following areas will experience reduced pressure and/or loss of supply due to this increase in demand over the coming days: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Williamstown, Tír an Fhia, Letterfrack, Tully, Clifden and Clonbur.

     

     

     

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to advise customers on the following public water supplies that restrictions will be in place again tonight to allow reservoirs replenish and to ensure water supply tomorrow: Tír an Fhia, Carraroe (supply being maintained in the village and to the nursing home), Williamstown, Moylough, Clonbur/Cornamona, Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Kiltormer and Clonfert.

    Customers are being asked to conserve water by turning off taps, both inside and outside, limiting usage of washing machines and dishwashers where possible and taking showers instead of baths, to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    Approximately 3,000 customers in the Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Kiltormer and Clonfert areas are still without a water supply. This has reduced from 4,000 yesterday. Consumption has increased by 50 per cent in this area and customers are urged to conserve water in every way possible. Water supply is being maintained to Ballinasloe town and Portiuncula Hospital.

    Alternative water supplies are available in Eyrecourt, Laurencetown, Clonfert and Kiltormer and bottled water was distributed to vulnerable customers who have self-registered with Irish Water.

    Alternative supplies are available at the following location:

    The Square, Eyrecourt.

    The Community Hall Laurencetown, Clonfert Church and Kiltormer Church.

    Kiltormer Nursing Home will also be attended to.

    Bottled water was delivered to Eyrecourt, Kiltormer and Laurencetown yesterday afternoon.

     Irish Water makes every effort to ensure that the alternative drinking water supply provided, including the tanker/bowser, and dispensing tap, are adequately disinfected. However, as it is not practical to provide sterilised containers for the public to transport drinking water from the tanker to their homes and we cannot guarantee that any containers used by the public do not negatively impact or contaminate the drinking water. Therefore people are advised to boil this water before use.

    In Carraroe night time restrictions will continue over the coming days. This will be managed locally to ensure water supply is rotated around the scheme.

     

    Some customers are receiving intermittent supply in Tír an Fhia due to excessive demand. Restrictions will continue over the coming days.

     

    Restrictions will be in place in Moylough again tonight due to excessive demand on the scheme. Some customers in outlying areas of Rós Muc are receiving an intermittent supply.

     

    Leak repairs are still being undertaken in Williamstown. High leakage on customers’ properties is also being addressed. Supply will continue to be rotated to customers in the area over the coming days and customers will experience intermittent disruptions and/or loss of supply.

      

     

  • Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, is urging residents, businesses and visitors to Inis Oirr to conserve water, due to low raw water levels in the reservoirs. Irish Water has commenced tankering of water to Inis Oirr and night-time restrictions will commence after the June Bank Holiday weekend.
     
    Commencing Tuesday, June 5 water supply will be restricted each night from 11pm to 7am in order to ensure a consistent daytime supply on the island.
     
    Tankering is not a sustainable option and Irish Water is appealing to residents, businesses and visitors to reduce their usage to ensure a consistent supply of water for all.
     
    Residents, businesses and visitors to Inis Mór and Inis Meain are also being asked to conserve water, in order to maintain raw water levels in the reservoirs and prevent any supply shortages later in the summer.
                            
    To help conserve water customers are also being asked to report any leaks they see on the public network and to repair any private side leaks in their homes and businesses to help restore water levels in the network.  Customers can report any public side leaks online at www.water.ie or by calling the customer care helpline 24/7 on 1850 278 278. Leak detection crews have been working on the islands and efforts are being made to reduce the wastage of treated water through leaks. 
     

  • Demand for water right across Co Galway is increasing and as a result Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, will be imposing night time restrictions on the Ballyconneely Water Treatment Plant serving the Ballyconneely and Foreglass areas from 11pm to 7am for the foreseeable future. This is because demand on this scheme is now exceeding supply.

    Due to a major increase in demand, supply to Clarenbridge Water Tower is not sufficient to meet demand and customers in Clarinbridge, Kilcolgan, Roveagh, Ballinderreen and Tyrone Group Water Scheme are urged to conserve water. Night-time restrictions will be imposed if the situation does not improve.

    Water restrictions are also in place in Inis Oirr nightly from 11pm to 7am.

    Irish Water is appealing to the Galway public, particularly people working and living in Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin/Moylough, Ballygar, Ballymoe, Williamstown, Tuam, Athenry, Oranmore, Tir an Fhia, Letterfrack, Leitir Mór, Carraroe, and Ballinasloe to conserve water while the prolonged dry spell that has been predicted by Met Éireann, continues.

    Meanwhile Irish Water and Roscommon County Council are monitoring all supplies across the county on a daily basis and the two at-risk schemes that have been identified are the Castlerea and Grangemore/Cavetown public water supplies. Customers on these supplies are urged to conserve water wherever possible.

     

     

     

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    Irish Water is advising customers in Carraroe that due to exceptionally high water demand and ongoing mechanical issues at the water treatment plant restrictions to water supply will continue unbroken until tomorrow morning. Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained. It is intended to restore water supply to all areas in the morning.

     

    Last night Irish Water, working in partnership with Galway County Council, was able to lift the restrictions for a couple of hours to allow water storage tanks in attics refill. However, reservoirs have not sufficiently filled today to enable a repeat of that tonight.

     

    We are grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe this evening on behalf of Irish Water and the local fire service will distribute it to vulnerable customers. A further update will issue tomorrow.

     

    Across Co Galway customers are being advised that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with supply demands. 

     

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

     

    Customers in Tír an Fhia were without water this morning however, water supply was restored shortly after lunch.

     

    There is huge demand being registered on the Tully and Letterfrack water supplies due to taps being left running in people’s homes and on farms. Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water. Restrictions will be in place on these schemes from 10am today until 6pm with supply due to be restored at 6pm for a couple of hours. Water will be restricted again overnight to fill the reservoirs.

     

    Water levels on Inishbofin are very low following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew will travel to the island tomorrow morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water will be ferried to the island tomorrow and available to the public for collection at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.

     

    In East Galway customers are again urged to conserve water by not running taps, taking showers instead of baths and to refrain from using dishwashers and washing machines.

     

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Williamstown and Tuam.

     

    Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as possible. 

     

    Once further information is available we will issue another update. Updates will also be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

     

  • Irish Water working in partnership with Mayo County Council is advising customers in Co Mayo, and especially those supplied by the Lough Mask water supply, that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high usage, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with water supply demands. 

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    The Lough Mask supply is at capacity with high demand also being registered on the Achill, Mulranny, Erris, Louisburgh, Ballina, and Castlebar water supply schemes due to, more than likely, taps being left running in peoples’ homes and on farms.

    Irish Water is urging customers to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

    Information on dealing with frozen pipes is available on www.water.ie and water supply updates are available at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

    Irish Water and Mayo County Council would like to thank customers in advance for their co-operation in conserving water at this critical time. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Meanwhile Irish Water is advising customers in Carraroe that water supply has been restored to customers today following water restrictions on the scheme. The reservoirs have filled sufficiently to allow supply to return however, due to increased demand restrictions will be in place again tonight and for the next few nights until demand regularises and the water treatment plant can meet the demand needs. It may take several hours for all sections of the network to get water supply. 

    Water supply to the village and the nursing home is being maintained at all times. Irish Water is grateful to Galway Fire Service who delivered bottled water out to Carraroe yesterday evening on behalf of the utility and the local fire service distributed it to vulnerable customers. Across Co Galway customers are being advised that due to the extremely cold weather conditions and exceptionally high water demand, water treatment plants are struggling to keep up with supply demands. 

    Customers are being asked to conserve water to avoid reservoirs emptying and water pressure to homes and businesses being affected.

    Night time restrictions on the Tully and Letterfrack supplies has enabled the reservoirs to refill to some degree and full supply has been restored this morning. Irish Water would like to thank customers supplied by these schemes for adhering to our water conservation notice yesterday. There will be further restrictions on this scheme tonight.

    Water levels on Inishbofin are critical following a mechanical failure at the water treatment plant. A repair crew travelled to the island this morning (Saturday) to carry out repairs. Customers on the island are urged to conserve water. Bottled water is available at Inishbofin pier from 12.30pm.

    Williamstown is suffering a major water supply issue and leak repair crews will be undertaking work in the town today to try to restore supply. Customers in some areas supplied from Kilnalag Reservoir have no water at present. 

    In East Galway customers are again urged to conserve water by turning off taps in properties and farm buildings, not running dishwashers or washing machines where possible and taking showers instead of baths.

    The following areas are experiencing low pressure and/or loss of supply due to an increase in demand and some issues at treatment plants: Kilkerrin/Moylough, Mountbellew, Dunmore/Glenamaddy, Ahascragh, Williamstown and Tuam.

    Irish Water working in partnership with Galway County Council would like to apologise to customers for the inconvenience this is causing and assures customers that repairs will be completed as soon as possible. Irish Water would also like to thank the local authority staff for their efforts in keeping water supplies running in very difficult conditions.

    Once further information is available we will issue another update. Updates will also be posted to the supply and service section of Irish Water’s website at www.water.ie/water-supply/supply-and-service-update/

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • The Western Development Commission has today announced that Tomás O Síocháin has been appointed by the Board of the WDC as Chief Executive Officer.

    Tomás joins the organisation from NUI Galway, where he was External Engagement Programme Manager, having previously spent more than 14 years as an editor and journalist with RTE and TG4.

    The WDC, established in 1998, advises the Government on policy for the Western region and plays a key role in regional development.

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    It's a very wet and windy morning across the West, with a status yellow rainfall warning remaining in place until 2pm this afternoon, and a status yellow wind warning for western coastal counties until 3pm today.

    AA Roadwatch is advising motorists to slow down on wet roads, and leave plenty of space between your vehicle and the one in front.

    Motorists should also watch out for wind-blown debris on roads, and take extra care around pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.

    Met Eireann is warning of southeasterly winds strengthening this morning with gusts of up to 110 km/h - winds will be strongest along exposed coasts where a few higher gusts are possible.

     

     

  • The winning ticket for last night’s Lotto draw was sold in Milltown.

    The winning ticket is worth almost €4.5m.

    The National Lottery confirmed that the shop that sold the golden Quick Pick ticket was Ryan’s Daybreak and Post Office in the small village of Milltown, Co Galway. The ticket was purchased on Thursday.

    The winning numbers are: 14, 24, 30, 38, 40, 45 and bonus number 36.

    The owners of the family owned shop and post office were stunned today when they were informed they had sold a mega winning Lotto ticket.

    One of the shop owners and granddaughter of its founder, Clare O’Connor, said the entire family is overjoyed at the news of the massive win.

    Clare’s grandfather started the shop which was then taken over by her parents, Joe and Anne, who are now semi-retired. The business, which also has a pub, is now run by Clare and her two brothers Tim and John.