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Area MEP to meet Environment Minister over Leader

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – North West MEP Jim Higgins will meet with the Minister for the Environment tomorrow to discuss the proposed reform of local development companies.

MEP Higgins has called on the minister to leave the LEADER programme alone- and says reform would strip them of their planning and decision-making functions.

His call comes amid fears that Leader funds could be diverted elsewhere and some supervisory jobs could be lost

Galway Rural Development and Forum Connemara have backed his stance on the issue, and maintain that the Leader programme is an excellent use of EU funds.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, MEP Higgins says this unique sucess story should be preserved.

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Shared e-scooter firm says Galway city rollout would involve fleet of up to 400

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A shared e-scooter firm says a city the size of Galway could be catered for with a fleet of up to 400.

Superpedestrian, which specialises in transportation robotics and human-scale mobility, will hold a demonstration in the city next week to discuss the safe integration of shared e-scooters in Galway city and across Ireland.

It’s the third third in a series of e-scooter demonstration events across the country.

The event takes place at Galway United Football Club, Eamonn Deacy Park next Wednesday.

It comes as the government yesterday approved a bill that will allow them to be used on public roads.

They’re not legal at the moment under road traffic laws – but when they are, tax, insurance and driving licences won’t be needed.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, Jean Andrews of Superpedestrian says it would operate similar to the concept of the shared bike scheme…

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UHG most overcrowded hospital nationwide today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG is the most overcrowded hospital nationwide today.

54 patients are waiting at the city acute hospital, with 48 at the emergency department and six on wards elsewhere.

Letterkenny University Hospital, also in the Saolta Group, is the next most overcrowded with 48 waiting.

According to the latest figures from the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there are 373 patients waiting in emergency departments nationwide, while 76 are in wards elsewhere.

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Galway records 4% drop in PUP claims over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a continued fall in the number of pandemic unemployment payments being issued, with Galway recording an almost 4% drop in the last week.

Just over 4,700 people in Galway city and county will receive the State support this week.

Nationally, over 93 thousand people will receive the PUP this week, a fall of over 3,700 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector, as it has been for the past 19 weeks.

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