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Fine Gael leadership hopefuls Varadkar and Coveney gear up for Ballinasloe debate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar are gearing up to take part in their next leadership debate in Ballinasloe this evening.
The town is to host one of four regional debates in the Fine Gael leadership contest.
It follows a groundswell of support in the west and northwest for Minister Leo Varadkar to succeed Enda Kenny.
The public debate gets underway at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe at 8 this evening.
During last night’s leadership debate Simon Coveney spoke about some of the parties they may enter government with.
The Housing Minister singled out the Green Party in particular.
However, Fine Gael will categorically not enter government with Sinn Féin, according to the party’s two leadership hopefuls.
Both Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney ruled out a deal with Sinn Féin.
Simon Coveney said their brand of politics is dishonest and not compatible with Fine Gael.
Leo Varadkar says he simply wouldn’t entertain it.

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294 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 here.

39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 14 in 24 hours.

It’s the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st.

While 13 people are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

There are no local figures available due to continuing issues relating to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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Online survey launched on future development of Oranmore area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online survey has been launched to find out what improvements the public in Oranmore want to see in the village and the surrounding areas.

The document has been commissioned by the MÓR Action group which is looking for people of all ages to have their say on the future development of community spaces.

The local group says once all the responses are gathered they’ll be presented to the County Council and elected representatives.

MÓR Action has confirmed that the survey was developed because the County Council said it was finding it difficult to engage with the community due to the diverse range of groups and interests in Oranmore.

It comes as Oranmore was recently awarded €100,000 in Council funding for public realm enhancements in the village.

A link for the survey is available on MÓR Action’s social media accounts and it will remain open until July 16.

The group’s spokesperson Caroline Rowan says the survey gives locals the chance to have their say on how the public realm funding can be best used in the community.

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1,400 fewer people claiming PUP in Galway this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,400 fewer people will claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Galway this week.

13,218 people will receive the payment today – compared to 14,683 this day last week.

It comes as the number of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment nationwide is at its lowest level since last October.

Just over 244,000 people received the payment today, which is 23,000 fewer than last week.

The payment will close to new applicants at the end of this month.

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