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Anti-water charges protestors heckle Taoiseach at meeting about Port

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Up to one hundred people gathered in the city this afternoon to protest against water charges.
The group gathered outside the Radisson Hotel at Lough Atalia, where the Taoiseach is meeting a group from the Chamber of Commerce to discuss the proposal for Galway Port.
The protestors were carrying placards and banners which read, ‘We Won’t Pay’ and ‘Enda, You are not welcome’ and the Taoiseach was shuffled by Gardaí into the hotel.

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Local Ireland welcomes move to 0% VAT for news publishers

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Local Ireland, the association representing 32 weekly paid-for newspapers around the country, has welcomed the decision by the Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe to remove VAT on newspapers.

President of Local Ireland Declan McGuire said: “This is a very important move for news publishers.

“Zero per cent VAT will allow local newspapers around Ireland to invest in journalism and in the transition to new digital business models.

“News publishers have faced a series of major challenges over recent years, most recently the huge increases in the cost of newsprint. This move will help support jobs in the industry and sustain the quality of our service to readers.

“We very much appreciate this endorsement by Government for the valuable role we play in our communities and the public service content we provide.

“I would like to thank the Minister for Finance and the Minister for Public Expenditure and all the Ministers, TDs and Senators from across the political spectrum who have given their support to our campaign to end VAT on journalism.”

Executive Director of Local Ireland Bob Hughes said: “Local news publishers are the lifeblood of the communities they serve. Along with our national colleagues represented by NewsBrands Ireland, we play a vital role in Ireland’s democracy.

“Today’s decision will protect the future of trusted, professional journalism in Ireland against the tide of global disinformation that threatens to undermine healthy democratic debate and analysis.”

 

 

 

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Frustration as Craughwell and Clarinbridge prioritised for new wastewater facilities

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GBFM News – There’s frustration among some county councillors that Craughwell and Clarinbridge are being prioritised for new wastewater facilities.

They’ve been selected as the county applicants to a national scheme worth €50m, to assist rural villages with the most urgent needs.

At this week’s meeting of Galway County Council, some councillors expressed frustration and disappointment that many other villages across Galway in sore need of investment are being passed over.

But the council executive gave an assurance that there is no political aspect to the decision, and Craughwell and Clarinbridge were nominated solely based on priority.

Councillor PJ Murphy argues Craughwell is in desperate need of investment.

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Students to sleep out in Eyre Square to protest accommodation crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Students will be sleeping out in Eyre Square tonight to protest against the accommodation crisis.

The University of Galway Student’s Union is highlighting the vast number of students who can’t find a place to live in Galway this academic year.

Protestors plan to leave campus at 6pm before setting up camp for the night.

SU President, Sai Gujulla outlines their demands:

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