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Cultural organisations to meet councils’ CEOs over Galway 2020 concerns

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A number of cultural organisations who are preparing projects as part of Galway 2020 are due to meet the chief executives of the city and county councils tomorrow.
It’s understood they’ll discuss concerns about funding cuts and delays.

The City Council insists tomorrow’s meeting has been planned for some time and is not a reactionary move to issues arising in recent days.
It’s after the Druid Theatre Company announced earlier this week that it was pulling out of the Galway 2020 programme.
Meanwhile, the Chief Executive of Galway International Arts Festival John Crumlish announced he was leaving the board of the project – a decision he said was only in the interest of best practice and that he retained full faith in Galway 2020.
His resignation follows the departure of Galway 2020’s former Chief Executive Hannah Kiely last month and its creative director, Chris Baldwin earlier this year.
On the agenda tomorrow will be a range of issues that will include funding cuts, delays and issues around communications.
Budget shortfalls have led to sharp cuts across the board – with some fearful that many projects that made up Galway’s successful bid book for the title of ‘Capital of Culture’ will now not be realised.
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Pop-up vaccination clinic to operate from NUIG next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pop-up vaccination base will operate from NUI Galway next week.

It’s one of 11 pop up vaccination centres that will be established across third level colleges next week.

The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff.

The initiative aims to maximise vaccine uptake in those who have not yet availed of vaccination, including international students.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris says Ireland has already seen a great uptake from young people and vaccination week will offer anyone who hasn’t received their first or second dose the opportunity to do so.

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5,769 PUP claims to be issued in Galway as numbers continue to decline

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 5,769 people in Galway will receive the pandemic unemployment payment this week, as the number of claimants for the State support continues to fall.

The number has fallen from a peak of over 33 thousand claimants in May 2020.

This week, the Department of Social Protection issued weekly payments valued at over 28 million euro to over 110 thousand people.

This represents a fall of 3,842 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector.

It comes as the PUP is gradually changing over a six month period from September until next February to align with the standard jobseeker’s payments.

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Up to 200 jobs for Galway as medical device manufacturer expands

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A medical device manufacturer in Galway is set to expand its operations with the potential to create up to 200 new jobs.

Integer has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility through a 30 million dollar investment in Parkmore East.

With 15 sites across the world, Integer has been operating in Ireland for 25 years.

The company currently employs 1,300 people through its research and development centre and manufacturing facilities in Galway and New Ross in Wexford.

Following collaboration between IDA Ireland and Integer, the new facility for the Parkmore East area will help the company meet increased demand for research, development and manufacturing capabilities, as well as capacity for catheters and delivery systems.

Expected to total $30 million in the coming years, the investment will include the construction of a 60,000 square foot facility while planning permission for a further 147,000 square feet for future expansion has also been secured.

The company said it expects an estimated 100 to 200 engineering, administration and manufacturing jobs to be added as a result of the expansion with building work expected to begin next year.

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