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40% increase in demand at city domestic violence refuge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been almost a 40 percent increase in the number of women seeking support at Cope Galway’s domestic violence refuge in the city.

215 women had to be turned away from Waterside House last year and referred elsewhere due to lack of space.

The facility provides refuge accommodation and one-to-one support as well as an outreach service for the county.

The Sisters of Mercy are donating the property behind the former Anglo Irish building at Forster street to Cope Galway on a 99 year lease.

Figures compiled by the organisation show a significant increase in the number of women accessing support with almost 400 on record in 2013.

Support workers also dealt with 12 hundred crisis calls.

Manager Wendy Heuston says no woman will be turned away and support is always available.

However she is calling on the Government to recognise the increasing trends and resulting demands on the refuge.

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Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin

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Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.

The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.

She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.

A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.

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Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.

The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.

It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.

However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.

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Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year

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Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.

874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.

Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.

The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.

The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.

Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.

That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.

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