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€420k for former Galway politicans

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council will pay almost 420 thousand euro to 26 former county and town councillors who retired or lost their seats in the local elections.
According to today’s Irish Times, 268 thousand euro of that will be paid to 8 former members of the county council.
A further 18 members of Ballinasloe, Tuam and Loughrea town councils will share 150 thousand euro in payments.
Three of the town councillors also served for a time on the county council and will receive severance payments for both terms of service.
The figure doesn’t include payments due to former councillors who have not yet reached the age of 50, who will receive payments on reaching that age.
Nationally a total of 3 and a half million euro will be paid out to former councillors by 10 local authorities.

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Local TD fears end of COVID payment will accelerate its spread in workplaces

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD fears that the ceasing of the COVID-19 illness payment will accelerate the spread of the virus in workplaces.

Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton claims there are more than 4,000 people unable to work – after the special payment ended last Friday.

Deputy Naughton says it has resulted people receiving a disability payment from the Department of Social Protection instead.

He is calling for a proper treatment plan for long COVID and is expressing the following concerns:

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Damian Browne docks off Furbo beach after historic row

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Damian Browne has docked off Furbo beach this morning after his historic row from New York to Galway.

He arrived ashore at 1am this morning – his official homecoming will be at 11am at the Port of Galway.

After 2,686 hours at sea, or 112 days, Damian has become the first to complete the row.

Project Empower is part of a fundraising effort for National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Ability West, Madra and The Galway Simon Community.

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Eight Galway winners at largest food awards on the island

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Eight local producers have brought home prizes at the largest food awards on the island – the Blas na hÉireann awards.

The Galway winnners included Abbert Bailiu Teoranta, Builin Blasta Teo, Galmere Fresh Foods, Ivy House Chocolates, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Ltd, Loughnane’s Of Galway, The Foods of Athenry and Wildfolk.

Meanwhile, Ballybrit-based Grá Chocolates scooped three awards in total – Grainne Mullins is owner and founder:

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