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CITY RUNS OUT OF MONEY FOR HOUSE ADJUSTMENTS FOR VULNERABLE

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Galway city council has already run out of the 2013 fund for disabled and elderly people to make adjustments to help them continue living in their homes.

The government funding for this ‘D-P-G’ grant was cut back from 1 million euro to a quarter of a million this year

It was revealed at last night’s city council meeting that the fund ran out at the end of March with 60 applications still to be processed and more coming in.

The fund covers adjustments such as chair lifts, walk in showers, railings and wheelchair access.

Councillors unanimously passed a motion calling on the government to provide money immediately for this fund in the city.

Labour Cllr Colette Connolly proposed the motion and said she has to make her own party, who are government partners, understand that this is a quality of life issue.

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New exhibition to represent female victims of domestic violence unveiled at ATU

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new art exhibition, to represent women who have been victims of domestic abuse, was unveiled today at ATU Wellpark Campus.

The piece was commissioned by COPE Galway, and completed by artist Maura Finnegan.

The arts consists of seven women’s faces and below each one is a QR code which will lead people to an online link to the women’s stories.

Rachel Timoney attended today’s event.

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The Indian Ambassador praises Galway during city visit

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From Galway Bay fm newsroom- The Indian Ambassador has expressed his admiration for Galway during his visit for Asia Business Week.

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra kicked off the week with a talk at ATU Galway today.

The ambassador complimented what he called a ‘synergy’ between Ireland and India.

He also said it’s important for international engagement across the whole country:

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Protest at County Hall over lack of engagement on Athlone-Galway Greenway

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From Galway Bay fm newsroom- A protest has taken place at County Hall over an alleged lack of engagement with local residents on the planned Athlone to Galway Greenway.

A preferred route has emerged which goes from Athlone through Shannonbridge, Meelick, Portumna, Gort, Kinvara and into Galway City.

But local residents and landowners argue there’s been no meaningful engagement and they’re still “in the dark” about many aspects of the development.

At County Hall today, they carried banners with a wide range of slogans, including “No trust means no Greenway”.

These people voiced their concerns about what route may be taken between Kinvara and Kilcolgan:

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