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An Post responds to calls to upgrade city GPO

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An Post says it’s examining a number of options in relation to its premises at Eglington Street in the city.

It follows calls from North West MEP Jim Higgins to improve the exterior of the building.

MEP Higgins says the front of the building on Eglington Street is in need of cleaning and takes away from the efforts of other retailers on the street to keep fresh, well maintained shop fronts.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, An Post says it’s conscious any refurbishment work should be in keeping with the existing streetscape and would aim to enhance this busy public building.

A spokesperson adds that An Post is conscious of its current condition and is anxious to remedy that as quickly as possible.

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Minister to investigate exclusion of Galway council tenants from insulation scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Finance Minister is set to investigate the exclusion of Galway council tenants from a home insulation scheme.

That’s according to Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten who has raised the issue with Minister Paschal Donohoe in the Dáil.

According to Deputy Naughten the new Midland Home Retrofit Scheme is not insulating council houses that are in rural parts of Galway or are in housing estates exclusively owned by the local authority.

In response Minister Donohoe said he would follow-up the matter, adding he could not see why retrofitting, and spending, by the local authority should be dependent on the housing estate in which the homes are located.

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Public health emergency team to meet over exit plan for Level 5

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NPHET will meet this morning to consider how the country should exit Level 5 restrictions next week.

The meeting is taking place a day earlier than usual, with Cabinet set to consider its recommendations ahead of an announcement tomorrow or Friday.

It’s expected Ireland will move to a modified Level 3 next week with retail reopening – however, hotels and restaurants will be later in the month, and wet pubs will stay closed.

226 new cases of the virus were confirmed last evening – this includes six new cases which were notified for Galway.

The Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said a third lockdown may be needed in January because of celebrations over Christmas.

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Several million in funding for East Galway under ‘Just Transition’ fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Several million euro has been awarded to projects in East Galway under the Government’s Just Transition Fund, which has been approved today.

The awards are part of a national pot worth €28m, designed to assist communities transitioning out of peat harvesting.

Projects that will directly benefit East Galway include the Ballyforan Greenway Loop, which has received almost €1m.

While half a million euro has been allocated to the Pulse Hub in Ballinasloe.

East Galway will also benefit from a large number of well-funded initiatives that are not county specific, but will benefit the area.

These include the Shannonbridge Action Group, which is to receive €400 thousand for the implementation of a strategic area response plan.

Galway East Fianna Fail Junior Minister Anne Rabbitte says all of the projects will create green and sustainable employment opportunities.

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