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City Manager sets out criteria needed for designated drinking areas in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The City Manager has set out the criteria which must be met to provide for a designated outdoor drinking area in Galway.

City Manager Brendan McGrath says such a permission would require an application to a Garda Superintendent accompanied with a management plan, with at least three weeks notice, and must concern a major sporting event, civic event or festival.

The city chief’s comments come as a major clean-up operation commenced on Sunday morning after large crowds gathered to drink and socialise at several large public amenity areas across the city including the Spanish Arch, the Claddagh, along canals, under Quincentennial bridge and at Merlin Woods.

This prompted outrage from local residents and many public representatives.

Speaking earlier this week, Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard said the time had come to regain control of the city’s public spaces, with a suggestion that a trial is carried out for zoned designated areas for outdoor drinking.

City Manager Brendan McGrath said the Local Authority has added 11 large capacity bins across the city recently, as well as 12 temporary toilets with more on the way.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks Brendan McGrath said those found drinking on city streets are in breach of bye-laws.

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Councillors approve plan for €180 thousand spend on Athenry-Oranmore projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillors in the Athenry-Oranmore municipal district have approved a plan to spend €180 thousand on a number of projects in the area.

The funding is a once-off allocation from central Government recently awarded to each municipal district for local projects.

The fund of €180 thousand meant each councillor in the Athenry-Oranmore area was given just short of €26 thousand to allocate to a local project of their choosing.

Councillors Shelly Herterich Quinn, Gabe Cronnelly and Albert Dolan put forward a unified list of projects that were accepted under the scheme.

Traffic calming measures are to be installed in Athenry at the junction of Swan Gate, Old Church Street and Clarke Street – while disabled parking bays in the town are to be repainted in blue.

In Monivea, a new path is to be provided at the Stables Estate, and a pedestrian crossing will be installed from the village to Monivea Woods.

Road safety measures will also be installed at Coldwood National School.

Councillor Jim Cuddy allocated his funding towards a new cemetery for Claregalway – while Councillor James Charity devoted his share entirely to the development costs of Annaghdown Playground.

Councillor Liam Carroll used his share of the €180 thousand fund to support the construction of a new footpath in Oranmore between the Church and the Limerick Road t-junction.

While a submission from newly elected Cathaoirleach Councillor David Collins will see his funding go towards the provision of public lighting in Lackagh.

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One thousand fewer people across Galway to receive PUP this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A thousand fewer people in Galway will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week.

There are now 14,683 people in receipt of the payment – compared to 15,684 this time last week.

Nationally, almost 18,000 fewer people will receive the PUP this week.

In total, 267,000 people will get the payment at a total cost of just under 79 million euro,

The sector with the highest number of people in receipt of the payment PUP this week is Accommodation and Food Service activities, followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade.

Business group ISME says the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is making it difficult for employers to find workers.

They are calling for the rapid reduction of the PUP , which they say is needed for the labour market to return to normal.

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283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.

23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.

There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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