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City workshop on how charities can combat funding cuts

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Charities and voluntary groups will attend a workshop in Galway city aimed at helping volunteers to meet the increasing demands of the public.

The half-day workshop, entitled ‘From Storming to Performing’ will help to raise the morale of charity and voluntary workers who are facing constant challanges such as cuts to funding.

The event will be run by ‘The Wheel’- an organisation that trains non-profit workers, and will be facilitated by award winning coach William Corless of YellowWood.

The workshop will take place this day week May 3rd in Croi na Gaillimhe Resource centre on Mill Street.

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City council rejects proposal for new speed limits

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has rejected a proposal to introduce new speed limit bye-laws.

The plan which was first presented by the City Council Executive during the summer was defeated at the Local Authority’s plenary meeting last evening.

The proposed changes to the speed limits included increasing the maximum speed from 50 to 80 kilometres per hour on the N6 Bothar na dTreabh and extending the 50 kilometre limit on the Letteragh and Ballagh road.

Meanwhile, a speed limit reduction to 30 kilometres per hour was also being sought for areas in the inner city – including the Claddagh, Bohermore and Newcastle.

At this week’s meeting, Fine Gael city councillor Eddie Hoare proposed adopting the new speed limits with a review after 12 months and this motion was defeated by 10 votes to eight.

Independent councillor Colette Connolly was one of those who opposed the plan – she argued there was anomalies in the plan that needed to be examined.

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GMIT Innovation Hub secures funding to support next wave of start ups

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – GMIT’s Innovation Hub has secured funding to support the next wave of start ups.

Innovation centres set to be part of the planned Connacht-Ulster Alliance have been allocated almost half a million euro in funding.

All three of the CUA Innovation centres received grants with the GMIT Hub receiving two grants totaling over 177 thousand euro.

Letterkenny IT’s CoLab received an allocation of 150 thousand euro while Sligo IT’s Innovation Centre received over 146 thousand euro.

The funding announced through Enterprise Ireland aims to ensure the Enterprise Centres, many of whom have been negatively impacted by Covid-19, can sustain their businesses and further develop their services to support the next wave of Irish start-ups.

Galway-Mayo IT, IT Sligo and Letterkenny IT are working together to become a Technological University for the West and North-West of Ireland with a formal application expected before the end of the year.

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Government Ministers to meet over plan to exit Level 5

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Government ministers will meet this morning to discuss exiting Level 5 Covid-19 restrictions.

The national 14 day incidence rate is estimated to be 108 cases per 100 thousand, however both Donegal and Louth have rates of over 200.

252 new cases were confirmed nationwide last night with five cases notified for Galway.

NPHET will meet tomorrow and is expected to be cautious in it’s approach to re-opening the country.

The Government would prefer to move directly to level three, with a decision expected on Thursday or Friday.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan says the situation is still volatile.

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