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Drop in annual jobless figure across city and county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a drop in the annual rate of unemploment in Galway city and county.
The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show there are over 20 thousand 700 people on the live register, compared to over 23 thousand people in July 2013.
The biggest annual drop in unemployment is recorded in the city where there are 10 thousand 553 people on the live register – a drop of over 1400 when compared to July 2013.
In the county, Ballinasloe has seen the biggest drop with 2 thousand 330 now on the live register compared to 2 thousand 562 in July 2013.
In Clifden, the jobless figure stands at 1 thousand and 11 – that’s down 153 on the same period last year.
In Gort, there are now 97 less people on the live register than July 2013 – the jobless rate there now stands at 1 thousand 406.
In Loughrea, the jobless figure stands at 2 thousand 222, compared to 2 thousand 450 at the same time last year.
In Tuam, the annual jobless figure has dropped by 183 bringing its unemployment rate to 3 thousand 185.
Nationally, there were 382 thousand 800 people signing on this month – when seasonal factors are taken onboard.
That’s a drop of over 36 thousand people on last year’s figure.

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Macnas to welcome special visitor over Halloween

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway is set to welcome a unique visitor over the Halloween weekend.

Macnas have announced that they are expecting the giant CON MÓR to emerge from the River Corrib.

Giant expert Marjorie Morrigan identified CON MÓR, a member of the Irish legends, Tuatha Dé Danann, as originating from an Island of Giants off the coast of Connaught.

CON MÓR was known to love all things nature, especially birds. Spectators are encouraged to bring feathers for CON MÓR when going to see him.

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, tells us what we can expect from the giant,

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First block laid in expansion at Western Alzheimers Respite Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The first block has been laid today on a major multi-million euro expansion at the Western Alzheimers Centre in Ballindine.

The new complex will increase the number of beds from 12 to 20, and provide improve communal resident and visitor areas.

David Nevin has more.

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HSE considering new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The HSE has expressed interest in creating new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor Declan McDonnell, who queried if it was under active consideration.

The HSE executive confirmed it was something they are mindful of, noting a particular need for a lighted junction as the hospital gets busier.

Councillor McDonnell feels it’s something that’s needed sooner rather than later.

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