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City and county communities to benefit from anti-dumping initiative

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Illegal dumping in the Tuam, Gort, Ballinasloe and Loughrea areas will be tackled under a new government scheme.
Almost 90 thousand euro has been ring-fenced for anti-dumping awareness campaigns across the city and county.

The 90 thousand euro fund for the county will see an awareness campaign launched to tackle illegal dumping in a number of key areas.
These include Carrowbrowne, Rivercrest and Ballyderry Bog in the Tuam area, and the Kinincha Road in the Gort district.
Also set to benefit are the Bunowen Bridge and Kylemore bog areas of Ballinasloe, and Yellow bog in the Loughrea district.
In the city, dumping in Westside, Ballybane and the Dyke road will be tackled.
Over 60 thousand euro has been announced for the city under the awareness programme.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.

The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.

To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.

Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.

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