• 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....

  • The number of patients with Covid-19 in public hospitals has fallen below 600 for the first time since January 1st.

    However, latest HSE figures show 10 people in ICU died after contracting the virus - the largest number in a 24-hour period since the start of the pandemic.

    It comes as 574 new cases and 56 additional deaths were reported yesterday.

    31 of the deaths occurred this month, and one of those who died from the virus yesterday was just 16.

    Ballygar-based GP Dr Martin Daly says this is a warning to all young people.....


    In this region, there were 37 new cases recorded yesterday in Galway with 21 in Mayo.

    Figures for the rest of Connacht remain low, with less than 5 cases in Sligo, and none reported in either Roscommon or Leitrim.

    The national 14-day incidence rate of the disease has fallen to 231 per 100,000 people.


  • 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".

  • 60 new jobs have been announced for the Co Galway town of Ballinasloe over the next 5 years.

    Chanelle Pharma is to create the new jobs as the company extends its distribution and manufacturing operations in Ireland.

    Chanelle Pharma  - which manufactures generic medicines for human and animal health - already employs 570 people at its headquarters in Loughrea and also has offices and warehouses in Oranmore.

    Initially the company will relocate its Chanelle Pet distribution business from Loughrea to the IDA Business Park in Ballinasloe.

    The €5 million investment by Chanelle Pharma will see the company invest in warehousing and new manufacturing operations in Ballinasloe, and will convert the existing Chanelle Pet premises in Loughrea to a new manufacturing facility.

    That's according to Senator Eugene Murphy, who says it's a great vote of confidence in Ballinasloe.

    The company, privately owned by founder Michael Burke, currently exports to 96 countries, and supplies some of the top human generic and animal health multinational companies globally.

    Tanaiste and Minister for Business Leo Varadker also says it's great news for the Co Galway town....

  • A financial services firm is to create 60 new jobs in Galway.

    Fidelity Investments has announced the creation of 90 new positions - 60 in Galway and 30 in Dublin.

    The company is looking to have all the new jobs filled within the first half of this year, and comes in addition to 100 new positions that were successfully filled within weeks after being announced last April.

    Fidelity Investments offers a range of financial services  -including asset management, brokerage and administrative solutions - and employs over 1,100 people in Ireland.

    The 60 new jobs will bring the workforce at Ballybrit in Galway to 440.


  • 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 further 68 deaths have been reported this evening from Covid-19 - 50 of the deaths occurred this month.

    There are also 556 new cases of the virus - including 38 in Galway and 14 in Mayo.

    Sligo and Roscommon both have less than 5 new cases, with none in Leitrim.

    Mayo currently has the 7th highest 14-date incidence rate of the virus nationally, while Roscommon has the lowest 14-day rate in the country.


  • One additional death has been confirmed this evening from Covid-19, with 686 new cases.

    21 of the new cases are in Co Galway, with 19 in Mayo, 8 in Sligo, 7 in Roscommon and less than 5 in Co Leitrim.

    Galway has recorded 848 new cases over the past fortnight, and now has the 3rd highest 14-day rate of the virus nationally, after Offaly and Dublin.



  • 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.


  • Gardaí are seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 70 year old John Joyce.

    John was last seen in the Rahoon Road area of Galway at approximately 10pm on Monday 31st May.

    John is described as being 6’ 2” in height, of slim build with white combed back hair and glasses. John is known to frequent the Galway City Centre and Salthill areas.

    Gardaí and John’s family are concerned for his welfare.

    Anyone with any information that can assist Gardaí in locating John, is asked to contact Gardaí in Galway on 091 538 000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

  • 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.