Galway Bay newsroom – Unemployment in Galway has decreased slightly.
There were 22 thousand 760 people on the Live Register in the city and county at the end of August, a drop of 244 on the figure at the end of July.
Clifden saw the largest drop in unemployment last month, with 61 people coming off the Live Register.
There are now just over 11 hundred people out of work in the Clifden area.
Ballinasloe saw a similar drop with 59 people coming off the Live Register in August.
46 people came off the Live Register in the city last month, leaving its unemployment figure at just over 11 thousand 900.
In Tuam, 43 people came off the Live Register in August, leaving the number of people out of work at just over 3 thousand 300.
There was a slight decrease in unemployment in Loughrea last month, where 23 people came off the Live Register.
The smallest drop in unemployment in August was in Gort where 12 people came off social welfare.
Local TD demands support for farmers with cost of shearing sheep
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Sean Canney says the Government must put a scheme in place to support farmers in the shearing of sheep.
It follows the recent publication of a long-awaited Wool Feasibility Study, which recommends a range of measures to develop and market Irish wool.
Deputy Canney says while it’s all hugely positive news, farmers do need some help in the meantime – such as a €5 shearing grant per sheep.
Speaking to Galway Talks, he says there is huge potential for wool in our economy.
City language school calls for state funding to support free English lessons for Ukrainians
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city language school is calling on the Government to provide funding to meet the enormous demand for English lessons from Ukrainian refugees.
Galway Language School, based at Bridge Mills, is providing free classes during the summer months.
But it says it cannot meet the huge demand for the lessons, which it argues will help refugees to integrate and take up jobs in many sectors.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Director Patrick Creed says the state urgently needs to provide support.
30 SIPTU community workers protest in Eyre Square over pay
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approximately 30 SIPTU workers carrying flags and banners have gathered in Eyre Square to protest over pay
The protest is part of the 24 hour work stoppage in the community sector and Section 39 organisations in Galway, Dublin and Waterford
The industrial action is part of the Valuing Community campaign, with the workers calling for their first pay rise in 14 years.
The Galway city protesters have been speaking to our reporter David Nevin