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Comer Brothers once again top list of Galway’s richest people

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Luke and Brian Comer have once again been identified as Galway’s wealthiest people.

They’re included in the Sunday Times Rich List 2020, which details the top 300 richest people in Ireland.

The Glenamaddy brothers are now worth just over €1bn – and experienced a rise of €23m in their fortune over the past 12 months.

Next is Abbeyknockmoy businessman Declan Ganley, who boasts an estimated fortune of €455m – that’s no change in the past 12 months.

Supermacs boss Pat McDonagh and his wife Una now hold a combined wealth of €312m, which represents a drop of €10m compared to the figure for 2019.

The owners of Galway-based Smyths Toys – Anthony, Patrick, Thomas and Liam Smyth – experienced a rise of €10m in their personal fortune, and are now worth €220m.

Galway-based engineering and property entrepreneur Padraic McHale, his wife Martina and his brother Martin now control a combined wealth of €162m – a drop of €20m since last year.

Other Galway based figures to make the national rich-list with largely unchanged fortunes include care home developer Bill Hughes, software engineer and businessman Pearse Mee, Viviscal founder James Murphy and property giant Frank Burke.

Overall, the Weston Family are still the richest people in the country with a fortune of almost €12bn.

Sunday Times Irish Rich List Compiler, Colm Murphy says they’re doing well despite the pandemic…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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Galway TD confirms consideration of roll out of online planning application system

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage is examining the development and roll out of E-planning nationwide as early as possible.

That’s according to Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív who says current public health measures make the long process unnecessary and potentially harmful.

In response to a parliamentary question tabled by Deputy Ó Cuív, the Department has confirmed it’s “examining the feasibility of accelerating the development and roll-out of eplanning nationwide to all planning authorities as early as possible.”

Deputy Ó Cuív argues the public will be living with COVID-19 for sometime and applying digital practices to real world scenarios should be encouraged.

He says a move to eplanning will minimise unnecessary interactions between those submitting applications and planning officials – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Sinn Fein Leader says Ahascragh crisis proof of need for constant increase in testing

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald says the crisis at Nightingale nursing home in Ahascragh is clear proof that the HSE can never be satisfied with the number of Covid-19 tests being conducted every week.

25 of the 27 residents and the majority of staff at the home have contracted Covid-19, while one resident has died – despite tests being conducted a short time before.

Management say the HSE sent no “hands-on help” and agency staff failed to show up, while the HSE assured yesterday that staff have been secured for the coming three days.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan, Mary Lou McDonald says the situation in Ahascragh shows the HSE needs to keep building up testing capacity.

Meanwhile, the son of a resident at the Nightingale nursing home says the HSE only responded because it was shamed into it.

Páraic Mac Donnchadha’s mother has been a resident of the home for 9 years.

Staffing levels remain a serious concern at the facility – but Director Patricia McGowan, who herself tested positive for Covid-19, says there’s been offers of help from around the country.

To hear more from Mary Lou McDonald, Patricia McGowan and Páraic Mac Donnchadha, tune into Galway Bay fm news…

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Son of Ahascragh nursing home resident says HSE ‘shamed’ into responding to crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The son of a resident at the Nightingale nursing home says the HSE only responded because it was shamed into it.

25 of the 27 residents and the majority of staff at the Ahascragh nursing home have contracted Covid-19, while one resident has died.

Management say the HSE sent no “hands-on help” and agency staff failed to show up.

The HSE assured yesterday that staff have been secured for the coming three days.

Páraic Mac Donnchadha’s mother has been a resident of the home for 9 years….

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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