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Dáil hears commitment on future of Galway youth counselling service

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A commitment has been given in the Dáil to explore how a free Galway youth counselling service might be saved from imminent closure.
Junior Minister Jim Daly has pledged in the chamber to personally examine the situation to assess steps forward for the beleaguered service.
It’s after Galway deputies Anne Rabbitte, Catherine Connolly and Hildegarde Naughton made a passionate plea for the vital service to be spared from the axe.
The Dáil heard that the service requires funding of 35 thousand euro to keep the doors open – which equates to just 175 euro per child availing of counselling.
The service, operated by Youth Work Ireland Galway, offers non-referral counselling to young teenagers in the city, Tuam, Ballinasloe and Loughrea.
The withdrawal of the service is now imminent due to what’s being described as a lack of a stable source of funding.
Deputies Rabbitte, Connolly and Naughton argue that it offers a vital lifeline to up to 200 young people across Galway.
Speaking in response, Junior Minister Jim Daly pledged to personally examine the situation.

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No increase to Local Property Tax in county next year

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GBFM News – There’ll be no increase to Local Property Tax for home-owners in the county next year.

The decision by councillors was taken at a meeting this afternoon – where they were urged by management to increase the rate by the maximum allowance of 15 percent.

It was argued it’s necessary to bring in an extra €2m to the local authority, which is struggling to make ends meet due to historical under-funding from central Government.

But councillors rejected the argument, saying it shouldn’t be on the ordinary person to make up the shortfall.

Councillor Joe Byrne also told David Nevin there’s no appetite for increasing the tax at a time when people are struggling.

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Do Not Consume Water notice for Spiddal area in place until next week

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Irish Water say a Do Not Consume warning for people living in the Spiddal area of Galway will remain in place until next week.

The notice was first issued on September 16th due to increased levels of manganese in the supply and affects around 5,700 people.

The utility says they are currently flushing the Spiddal Public Water network and new samples will be taken early next week to determine if the water is safe to drink.

Officials are advising that boiling the water will not reduce the level of manganese and the water should not be consumed in any form.

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Galway school build first miniboat to set sail in South Atlantic

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A miniboat that was built and decorated by students in Scoil Bhride in Lackaigh has become the first-ever miniboat to set sail in the South Atlantic ocean.

Spiorad na Gaillimhe was deployed from a research vessel belonging to the Alfred-Wegener Institute as it sailed between Germany and South Africa.

It set off along with three other miniboats from Spain, Germany and South Africa, adding to the 18 Educational Passages boats that are currently sailing around the world’s oceans.

Speaking to Galway Talks, University of Galway’s Senior Oceanography Technician for Earth and Sciences Sheena Fennell explained the benefits of the project:

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