• University Hospital Galway is reminding the public that visitor restrictions continue on St. Dominic's ward due to a number of confirmed cases of Influenza (flu). In order to assist staff in curtailing the spread of the flu virus, it says its 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 are asked not visit patients in the hospital to avoid spreading the virus to sick vulnerable patients.

  • Connacht GAA have announced that the pitches, walkway and all other facilities at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan are closed to the public from this morning, in accordance with Government regulations.

    They're asking the public to practice social distancing and stay at home.


  • The decision by the Roscommon County Council Chief Executive to permanently close Castlerea fire station will not be accepted by the community and will be vehemently opposed, according to local GP Dr Greg Kelly.

    A report into the fire service and a fire risk assessment, made public yesterday indicates that the current level of operations in the county provides effective and efficient service and meets the required targets and standards by the Fire Services Act.

    Roscommon CE Eugene Cummins says that the data gathered over the last three years, which was independently reviewed, has shown that Roscommon fire services are performing well in accordance with national guidelines and targets, and they are the facts on which he has based the decision to keep Castlerea fire station closed.

    Dr Kelly is now calling on the CE to reverse this decision and he’s been telling Midwest News why the decision to close the Fire Station in the county’s second largest urban centre cannot be accepted.


    It's expected pubs will be forced to remain closed, as the National Public Health Emergency Team has advised against their reopening next week.

    The Taoiseach  Michéal Martin says he's received "very firm advice" from the public health experts, which is being currently discussed at a Cabinet meeting.

    Under Phase 4, pubs which don't serve food were due to reopen on Monday.

    But Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has cast doubt on this, saying they can't make any decisions which would affect the reopening of schools: