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City council issues advisory after weather warning

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Galway bay fm newsroom – Galway city council is advising people to exercise caution in light of the status orange weather alert currently in place from Met Eireann.

Storms and winds of up to 130 km/hour are expected through the day, and people walking along proms and beaches are asked to take extra care.

There is no risk of coastal flooding from high tides but there may be still spot flooding along roads.

Householders are also advised to secure any loose objects or furniture in gardens.

The alert is also in place in Wexford, Mayo, Clare, Limerick and Waterford.

Met Eireann has also issued it’s most serious weather warning for Counties Cork and Kerry.

The Red alert is warning of storm force winds – with gusts of up to 160 kilometres per hour forecast for this morning, along with high seas.

Pat Clarke of Met Eireann says a large storm is on the way

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Campaign to inspire more Galway women to get involved in politics

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Efforts are underway to inspire more women to become involved in politics in Galway City and County.

Just 23 percent of TDs in the Dail are women while only 25% of local councillors across the country are female.

While 60 % of the representatives in the Galway West constituency are women, other areas of the county and city have very low numbers of female politicians.

In a bid to get more females involved, the Women For Election group will be providing online training over 3 weeks for those who are interested in getting involved.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Caitriona Gleeson of Women For Election says a lack of female representation, particularly at a national level, can have a real and lasting impact.

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Galway TD Tells Dáil City Housing Affordability Now At Crisis Point

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway TD has told the Dáil that the unaffordability of housing in Galway city is at absolute crisis point, with locals unable to get on the property ladder.

Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell says there’s an urgent need to increase affordable and social housing in preserving and building communities in Galway.

She referenced a 345 build-to-rent apartment development at Crown Square in Mervue which has recently got the go ahead from An Bord Pleanála.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Farrell says it’s time to favour people and communities over developers and profits.

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Galway East Minister Says Wage Subsidy Scheme To Employ People with Disabilities In the Private Sector Should be Reviewed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway’s Minister for Disability says a review of the Wage Subsidy Scheme for Employers is needed to help address the low employment rate for people with disabilities in Ireland.

According to new research by the ESRI, the country now has the fourth lowest employment rate among people with a disability in the EU,

It also highlights that people with a disability in Ireland are more than twice as likely to experience poverty and deprivation than those without.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme gives financial support to private sector employers who can provide between 21 and 39 hours of employment per week to workers with a disability.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway East Minister for Disability Anne Rabbitte says the current scheme is not working and needs to reviewed.

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