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Chicago Mayor outlines strong business relationship with Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chicago mayor says business links between the US city and Galway are strong.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is in the city today for a series of official engagements.
The former White House Chief of Staff in the Obama administration is leading a major trade delegation to Galway.
This afternoon, the mayor received an honorary doctorate of laws at NUI Galway.
He’s travelling to Salthill around now to visit the Circle of Life garden to mark Organ Donation Awareness Week.
At 4pm, Mayor Emanuel will be honoured at a civic reception at the Galmont Hotel.
Speaking to NewsBreak reporter Lyndsay Considine, Mayor Emanuel said the business relationship between Chicago and Galway is strong.

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Concerns over low take up of debt settlement schemes in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the low number of householders in Galway who have benefited from government debt settlement processes.

Less than 100 households in the city and county have benefited from the ‘Mortgage to Rent’ scheme since the second quarter of 2015.

That’s according to figures obtained by Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv.

The Fianna Fail deputy argues that considering the size of debt problems, the scheme does not appear to have had a significant impact.

Nationally, on the Mortgage to Rent Scheme, out of 4,712 applications, only 527 have been completed.

Deputy O’Cuiv claims people find the conditions of the scheme very arduous and changes are needed.

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Co-founder of Galway Bay Brewery earned €1.7m from sale of shares

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The co-founder of craft brewer and pub group Galway Bay Brewery earned almost €2m last year when he sold shares in the company.

That’s according to The Sunday Times, which says Niall Walsh was paid €1.7m when he sold his shares to focus on other ventures.

Mr Walsh set up the business with Jason O Connell in 2009 – it now owns 12 pubs nationwide and exports beers across Europe.

It’s brewery – originally established at The Oslo in Salthill – is now located in Oranmore.

Photo – Galway Bay Brewery

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One in six Galway GPs unwilling to take on new patients

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – One in six GP’s across Galway are unwilling to take on new patients.

That’s according to a new report which reveals that the majority of GP’s nationwide are not willing to accept new patients.

In Galway, 60 percent said they were willing to take on new patients, while just 16 percent expressly stated they were not willing to do so.

A further 4 percent of GP’s across the county said they were unsure if they had space for new patients.

According to the Irish Independent, 100 percent of GPs in Leitrim were willing to see new patients – while 100 percent of GPs in Co. Laois said they had no space.

The survey found rural areas in the south west and Dublin commuter belt counties to be worst affected.

The problem was particularly evident in Co Laois, where no surgeries were found to have space for new patients.

80 percent of those in Carlow and Longford were also found to be at full capacity.

In Kilkenny, 75 percent said they were full, with the rest stating an assessment of new patients was needed before a decision was made.

Other counties that ranked high on the list included Tipperary at 54 percent max capacity, Kerry at 53 percent and Limerick at 52 percent.

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