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City Council has flooding crews on standby as torrential rainfall expected

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The City Council says crews will be on stand-by to deal with any localised flooding across the city this evening.
It’s as two weather warnings are now in effect – with strong winds and torrential rain expected to hit the county throughout the afternoon.
People who are travelling this afternoon are being warned to expect heavy rain, spot flooding and heavy winds.
A Status Yellow rainfall warning for the entire country is now in effect until 6 o’ clock this evening.
Heavy rain will lead to accumulations of around 25 to 40 millimetres – with even heavier falls expected on higher ground.
Galway City Council says it’s weather assessment team has met today – and the worst of the rainfall is expected between now and 5 o’clock.
It adds that road crews will be deployed this evening to tackle any instances of spot flooding throughout the city.
Meanwhile, a status yellow wind warning is also in place for Connacht, Munster, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.
Southeasterly winds will reach average speeds of 50 to 65 kilometres per hour – with gusts reaching as high as of 100 kilometres per hour.
Met Eireann is warning the gusts may be even stronger in exposed coastal areas and on higher ground.
The wind warning remains in place until 3 this afternoon.
Matthew Martin of Met Eireann says overall, we can expect a day of wintry conditions.

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Pop-up vaccination clinic to operate from NUIG next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pop-up vaccination base will operate from NUI Galway next week.

It’s one of 11 pop up vaccination centres that will be established across third level colleges next week.

The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff.

The initiative aims to maximise vaccine uptake in those who have not yet availed of vaccination, including international students.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris says Ireland has already seen a great uptake from young people and vaccination week will offer anyone who hasn’t received their first or second dose the opportunity to do so.

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5,769 PUP claims to be issued in Galway as numbers continue to decline

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 5,769 people in Galway will receive the pandemic unemployment payment this week, as the number of claimants for the State support continues to fall.

The number has fallen from a peak of over 33 thousand claimants in May 2020.

This week, the Department of Social Protection issued weekly payments valued at over 28 million euro to over 110 thousand people.

This represents a fall of 3,842 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector.

It comes as the PUP is gradually changing over a six month period from September until next February to align with the standard jobseeker’s payments.

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Up to 200 jobs for Galway as medical device manufacturer expands

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A medical device manufacturer in Galway is set to expand its operations with the potential to create up to 200 new jobs.

Integer has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility through a 30 million dollar investment in Parkmore East.

With 15 sites across the world, Integer has been operating in Ireland for 25 years.

The company currently employs 1,300 people through its research and development centre and manufacturing facilities in Galway and New Ross in Wexford.

Following collaboration between IDA Ireland and Integer, the new facility for the Parkmore East area will help the company meet increased demand for research, development and manufacturing capabilities, as well as capacity for catheters and delivery systems.

Expected to total $30 million in the coming years, the investment will include the construction of a 60,000 square foot facility while planning permission for a further 147,000 square feet for future expansion has also been secured.

The company said it expects an estimated 100 to 200 engineering, administration and manufacturing jobs to be added as a result of the expansion with building work expected to begin next year.

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