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A third of Galway people still have negative view of depression

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost one in three people in Galway and Limerick would not vote for a politician if they knew that politician had been depressed.

That’s according to a survey as part of a European collaborative suicide prevention project, which will be released later today. (11/10)

According to today’s Irish Times, the survey was carried out in Ireland, Germany, Portugal and Hungary.

1000 people were surveyed in Galway and Limerick in 2009.

Almost a third of those surveyed said they would not vote for a politician who had been depressed.

The research also shows that 20 percent would not employ someone if they knew they had been depressed.

However, out of the four countries surveyed, Ireland showed the most favourable attitude towards depression.

We ranked highest in rating the value of professional help for emotional problems.

The National Office for Suicide Prevention says wider society needs to play its part in changing attitudes.

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Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU rewetting laws will devastate stock levels

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU laws on the rewetting of drained peatlands being used for agriculture will devastate stock levels.

The regulations have high reclaimation targets set – 30 percent by 2030, 50 percent by 2040 and 70 percent by 2050.

Farmers have expressed fierce opposition to the proposals but Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed his support in a Dáil exchange with Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Deputy Fitzmaurice says if it comes to pass, the impact on stock will be devastating.

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County council seeks funding for Athenry to Oranmore cycleway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has submitted a funding application for a new cycleway connecting Athenry to Oranmore.

It would be funded under Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s Pathfinder grant programme for cycling and walking schemes.

The Athenry/Oranmore cycleway proposes to connect both areas and surrounds to Galway city.

Local TD Ciaran Cannon vows to make a strong case for the project at Government level:

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Immunology experts to host fireside chat in Galmont Hotel tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – World renowned immunologist Luke O’Neill will be discussing infectious diseases at the Galmont Hotel in the city tomorrow.

He will be joined by Poolbeg Pharma co-founder Cathal Friel for a fireside chat to forecast the future of Covid-19 and influenza in Ireland over the coming months.

The free event, which starts at 5:30pm, is open to all members of the public and places can be booked on poolbegpharma.com.

Cathal Friel gives his thoughts on how we should handle Covid-19 infections going forward.

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