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Galway is Ireland’s top staycation destination

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is Ireland’s top staycation destination.
A new study by iReach Insights reveals that most people still plan on going abroad for their holidays.
However, of those who plan to stay in Ireland, a third would pick Galway as their favorite destination.

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Galway TD raises concerns about afterschool regulations ahead of new term

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ahead of the new school term, a Galway TD is raising concerns that regulations for afterschool services could lead to closures.

The regulations dictate the ratio of child to childcare employee must be no larger than 12:1 – which is half the 25:1 ratio required in primary school classrooms.

The new regulations were introduced by the Department of Child Protection for all afterschool care facilities for children in the primary school cycle.

Fianna Fail Deputy Anne Rabbitte says these ratios are not viable and are putting too much pressure on the industry.

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Presentation nuns seek approval for new convent building in city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been submitted for a new convent building in the city.

Sr. Riona McHugh has applied for planning permission to build a new two-storey convent building at Presentation Road.

The development would involve a two-storey convent building with 14 bedrooms, an oratory, reception, living and dining area and an administrators apartment.

It would also involve relocating the vehicle entrance at Presentation Road adjacent to St. Joseph’s Church which is a protected structure.

The convent development would also include the demolition of the extension, outbuildings and yard boundaries to Presentation National School.

A decision on the new convent building for the order of Presentation nuns will be made by the city council in October.

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Galway forests absorb equivalent of emissions from 130 thousand cars

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Forests in Galway absorb the carbon dioxide equivalent of emission from 130 thousand cars each year.

That’s according to Forest Industries Ireland which says Galway’s 61 thousand hectares of forestry absorb an extra 284 thousand tonnes of CO2 every year.

Galway’s forestry covers just under 10 per cent of all land in the county with 400 hectares of forestry planted in 2017.

It’s estimated that the forestry sector in Galway employs almost one thousand people.

Nationally, Ireland’s forests absorb enough CO2 to cover the emissions of 60 per cent of all cars on Irish roads.

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