• 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.

  • Galway University Hospital is once again the most overcrowded in the country, with 57 patients on trolleys today.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, the number on trolleys nationally has risen to 558.

    This includes 57 at UHG, 25 at Sligo University Hospital and 26 at Mayo University Hospital.

     Figures also show that, during the month of November, 178 patients spent time on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, with an average waiting time of 12 hours on a trolley in the Emergency Department.

    The figures were confirmed to Castlebar Independent Councillor Michael Kilcoyne at a recent meeting of the HSE regional forum in Galway.

    Councillor Kilcoyne claims there are many Third World and developing countries that have a more satisfactory health service at present that what's being provided to sick people in Co Mayo....

  • 307 new cases of Covid-19 were confirmed yesterday evening in the Republic of Ireland - the highest daily total since early May.

    This includes 6 new cases in Galway, 182 in Dublin,  25 in Kildare, 19 in Limerick, 15 in each of Wexford and Louth, with the remaining cases are spread across 16 different counties including Sligo.

    Health officials also confirmed one further death linked to the virus.

    A closer look at Connacht shows that, over the last 14 day period, there were an additional 31 cases confirmed in Galway, bringing the county's total to 540.

    16 additional cases brought Leitrim's total over 100 - but is still the lowest county in the country followed by Sligo which has recorded 2 more cases over the last fortnight to 158.

    Roscommon has confirmed 12 additional cases over 14 days, bringing the confirmed number to 365, while Mayo showed 6 additional cases over the 2 weeks, bringing the total to 593. 

  • There's a jobs boost for Galway City this morning, as Triggerfish - Africa's most successful animation company - has announced it's to establish an animation studio in Galway.

    The project is expected to create 60 new jobs over the next 3 years.

    Triggerfish is behind a number of animated films and TV series.

    The Minister for Business, Enterprise & Innovation Heather Humphreys has welcomed the news that Triggerfish have chosen to establish their first international animation studio in Galway, where they will join a list of award-winning indigenous and foreign animation studios already based in the city, and says "they will be a great addition to this thriving sector".

  • The number of patients on trolleys at Irish hospitals today has reached 643.

    According to the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation, there are 27 patients waiting for admission to a bed at both Sligo and Galway University Hospitals, with 7 on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital and 18 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    Meanwhile, the Health Minister Simon Harris has said he will offer every student nurse and midwife a full-time, permanent job once they graduate.

    Minister Harris has tweeted to say that letter is on its way to each one of them.

    He posted that the HSE will need more and more front-line staff as they plan for more beds and facilities.

  • There are 649 people waiting on trolleys at hospitals across the country today, according to the latest trolley watch from the Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation.

    Yesterday, levels reached a new record high of 714.

    Today, there are 28 patients on trolleys at Galway University Hospital, 21 in Sligo, 19 at Mayo University Hospital and 13 at Portiuncla in Ballinasloe.

    The worst affected is University Hospital Limerick where there are 58 people waiting for a hospital bed.

    The HSE has announced that non-urgent elective surgery is being cancelled at hospitals across the county, as they try and tackle the backlog of patients on trolleys.

    A spokesperson for the Saolta Hospital Group told Midwest News today that while non-urgent electives are cancelled at Mayo University Hospital, some urgent elective procedures are proceeding.

    The spokesperson said patients have been contacted directly in relation to their procedures.

    At Galway University Hospital , some non-urgent surgeries scheduled for today have been deferred.

    Affected patients are being contacted directly, so those who have not heard from their hospital should attend for their appointment as scheduled.

  • A 67-year-old man has admitted killing a well-known runner in Galway.

    Noel Lenihan of Cardinal Road, Mervue was due to stand trial for murdering Christopher McGrath at his home on March 12th 2017.

    He pleaded not guilty to murder but guilty to manslaughter when the charge was put to him today and his plea was accepted by the DPP.

    His sentence hearing will take place in November.



  • A 70 year old man has died following a single-vehicle collision in Co. Galway.

    He was the sole occupant of a car that hit a wall on the Ballinasloe to Laurencetown Road at Sycamore Hill at around 8:30 last night.

    The man's body was removed to University Hospital Galway for a post-mortem.

    The road remains closed while Gardai examine the scene and any witnesses are being asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station at 090-96 31890.


  • It’s a continuing crisis that is unfair to patients and staff at University Hospital Galway today where there are 71 patients waiting on trolleys for admission to the facility.

    That’s the view of Headford based Fianna Fail councillor Mary Hoade.

    According to the INMO trolley watch figures the highest number of patients nationally waiting in Emergency Departments on trolleys today is at University Hospital Galway.

    Councillor Hoade says she has contacted both the department of Health and the HSE management about her concerns over the ongoing overcrowding at the hospital, but says five years after a new ED for Galway was promised by this government, the new build has not even reached the planning stage.

    She told Midwest News today that she fears that today’s crisis at the hospital will be repeated not just this winter, but another winter as well, unless urgent contingency measures are implemented.

  • There is good news for Galway on the jobs front with 75 new posts announced this morning.

    Quidel Corporation, which makes medical diagnostic equipment, is establishing a Business Centre in the city.

    The international company already employs approximately 1,200 people across the world.

    Quidel is currently recruiting professionals for its Galway operation in areas including Finance, Human Resources, Customer Service, and Technical Support.

  • The 7th Annual Business Leaders Sleepout event takes place tonight in aid of COPE Galway’s Homeless Services.

    This is COPE Galway’s biggest and longest fundraising event of the year and will see 32 people from Galway’s business community sleeping rough for 12 hours from later this evening, to raise awareness about homelessness in Galway and help raise funds for COPE Galway’s Homeless Services.

    COPE Galway’s most recent quarterly one day census identified a total of 195 adults and 221 children as living in emergency accommodation provided directly by COPE Galway and in private emergency accommodation such as hotels and B&Bs. Of this figure, 84 were families. There were also 27 people sleeping rough that night.

    Sharon Fitzpatrick is the Head of Development with COPE Galway and told Midwest News today that the sleepout raises much needed funds and awareness of the current situation in Galway.

  • New figures show footfall in the country's four main cities fell by up to 90% at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown.

    Specialised counters used a key locations reported pedestrian numbers collapsing by 88% in Galway, 90% in Limerick, 83% in Dublin and 76% in Cork during the first weeks of the restrictions in March & April.


    According to figures provided by Galway City Council to the Irish Times, Galway city saw its pedestrian numbers fall from over 394,000 in the first week of March to less than 49,999 in the first week of April.

    While numbers have improved since, footfall is still almost 40% below pre-Covid levels, and 60% below the same period last year.

    Galway's worst week was the last week of July - traditionally the start of the Arts Festival and Galway Races - when 80% fewer pedestrians were in the city.




  • September was the worst month of 2019 for trolley figures at Irish hospitals, with over 10,600 patients on trolleys across the country last month.

    It was also the worst September on record for overcrowding, according to the INMO.

    Figures released today show Galway University Hospital had the third-highest number of patients on trolleys, with 884 people on trolleys during the past month - the highest September figure at the Galway hospital in the past 15 years.

    University Hospital Limerick was the most overcrowded in the country last month, with over 1400 patients on trolleys.

    INMO General Secretary Phil Ní Sheaghda says the figures are astonishing, especially outside of Winter, and are placing a massive strain on frontline staff.

    The INMO says it's a capacity issue - more hospitals beds and more nurses are needed.

    Sligo University Hospital had almost 400 patients on trolleys during the past month, with 110 at Mayo University Hospital - which was down on previous years.