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Connemara councillors and officials meet to discuss storm damage

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A preliminary account of the damage caused by the recent storms and high tides in Connemara and the Aran Islands will emerge at a meeting of the Connemara Councillors later this morning.

This meeting, which will also be attended by council engineers and officials, is being convened in order to look at ways of repairing the damage that has been caused.

Cemetery walls broken, graves flooded, parked cars swept out to sea, flooded houses, piers damaged, fences gone, seaside roads torn up and beaches swept bare of sand – these damages occurred in Connemara when a huge tide swept in from the Atlantic on the morning of January the 3rd. The damage was worsened in some places by another big surge a week ago today.

Some people remain cut off from main roads and efforts continue to get a way in to some cemeteries.

Engineers, County Councillors and community organisations have been putting the picture together: it’s now time to count the cost.

A general estimate may emerge at today’s Connemara Councillors meeting. Its likely to be scores of millions; it’s a lengthy coastline all along Connemara, the Aran Islands and Inishbofin.

Beyond the emergency measures Councillors will be looking to Dublin and Europe for further funds.

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Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin

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Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.

The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.

She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.

A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.

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Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.

The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.

It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.

However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.

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Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year

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Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.

874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.

Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.

The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.

The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.

Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.

That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.

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