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Discussions take place in Connemara on draft of five year strategy for social and economic development

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A five year draft strategy for improving the west Connemara Gaeltacht in economic and social terms has been discussed by community representatives this weekend.
The strategy has been prepared under the umbrella of Údarás na Gaeltachta and a Marine Industries Park in Cill Chiaráin is the main focus of the document.

How to rescue one of Ireland’s strongest Gaeltachts from the grip of long term unemployment is a huge issue facing the body charged with that task.
A new strategy for the coming years has now been prepared under the direction of Údarás na Gaeltacht for the Cill Chiaráin, Carna and west Connemara Gaeltacht areas from Camus westwards.
The figures are startling with a 34% jobless rate in parts.
A strong emphasis was placed on the need for top class roads from Galway city to west Connemara as well aa high standard broadband and other services by community representatives who discussed the strategy this weekend.
Páirc na Mara – the Marine Industries Park – is a keystone objective as regards a solid bulk of long term jobs.
Udarás na Gaeltachta needs millions for that but they also face possible planning hurdles.
Permission for two offices on the Park site has already been challenged by anti salmon farming groups and a Bord Pleanála decision is expected this Monday.
This will be watched closely at Údarás headquarters.

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University of Galway event to give students insight into career in healthcare

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An event will be held at University of Galway in April to give students an insight into a career in healthcare.

The interactive programme for transition year students will take place on Saturday April 1st, and again on Saturday, April 22nd.

They’ll see advanced simulations of real-life medical procedures and scenarios.

Registration is now open and the deadline is Friday, February 24th.

Professor of Simulation, Dr. Dara Byrne, explains what students can expect to see.

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Taoiseach says he “doesn’t accept” Galway Ring Road bad for environment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has said he does not accept the view that the Galway Ring Road would be bad for the environment.

Leo Varadkar was responding to questions posed by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish in the Dáil.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the long-awaited project, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach said while there are different views at cabinet, the Ring Road is part of the National Development Plan.

He gave an assurance that ultimately, if planning permission is granted, it will be funded.

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Inland Fisheries Ireland recruiting new Seasonal Fisheries Officers in Galway

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Galway Bay FM newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland is recruiting 36 Seaonal Fisheries Officers in Galway and nationwide.

The six-month posts are divided across seven River Basin Districts, covering fifteen counties including Galway.

Seasonal Fisheries Officers from Galway will join teams over the summer months – to help protect, conserve and develop fisheries resources in Ireland’s lakes, rivers and coastlines.

Those interested in applying must apply before the deadline of Tuesday 21st of February on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website.

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