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Fears that county social housing applicants could lose spot on waiting list

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are fears that county social housing applicants could lose their spot on the waiting list if they don’t respond to the council’s correspondence.
The deadline for return of housing assessment forms to the local authority is this Friday – but just 300 out of 1,850 applicants have so far sent their forms back.
Ballinasloe area councillor Dermot Connolly suggested extending the deadline for the return of the forms.
However, Director of Housing Michael Owens says that is not possible – as the council’s assessment has to be submitted to the Department of Housing in June.
The local authority says it’ll be sending reminders to tenants this week – any anyone who received a form must return it by Friday or risk losing their place on the social housing list.

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New exhibition to represent female victims of domestic violence unveiled at ATU

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new art exhibition, to represent women who have been victims of domestic abuse, was unveiled today at ATU Wellpark Campus.

The piece was commissioned by COPE Galway, and completed by artist Maura Finnegan.

The arts consists of seven women’s faces and below each one is a QR code which will lead people to an online link to the women’s stories.

Rachel Timoney attended today’s event.

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The Indian Ambassador praises Galway during city visit

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From Galway Bay fm newsroom- The Indian Ambassador has expressed his admiration for Galway during his visit for Asia Business Week.

Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra kicked off the week with a talk at ATU Galway today.

The ambassador complimented what he called a ‘synergy’ between Ireland and India.

He also said it’s important for international engagement across the whole country:

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Protest at County Hall over lack of engagement on Athlone-Galway Greenway

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From Galway Bay fm newsroom- A protest has taken place at County Hall over an alleged lack of engagement with local residents on the planned Athlone to Galway Greenway.

A preferred route has emerged which goes from Athlone through Shannonbridge, Meelick, Portumna, Gort, Kinvara and into Galway City.

But local residents and landowners argue there’s been no meaningful engagement and they’re still “in the dark” about many aspects of the development.

At County Hall today, they carried banners with a wide range of slogans, including “No trust means no Greenway”.

These people voiced their concerns about what route may be taken between Kinvara and Kilcolgan:

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