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Five million euro city watermains project given go-ahead

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has been given approval to advance a five million euro watermains rehabilitation project.

This is the first phase of the City’s Water Conservation Rehabilitation Works Programme.

It’ll involve 15 thousand linear metres of watermain located within 17 District Meter Areas in the City.

The project aims to address performance issues within the highest priority District Meter Areas in the City, together with problematic watermains.

It was announced by Minister Phil Hogan under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013 which aims to reduce water loss in the public supply networks.

Spokesperson for Galway City Council Gary McMahon says the local authority will now advance the scheme as quickly as possible.

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Galway Port increases capacity with the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Port is increasing its capacity to make way for the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines.

Arderroo Wind Farm in Connemara is expecting 22 more turbines in total, with one shipment having arrived just this morning. (06/07)

It’s the sixteenth wind turbine project the port has worked on, which is increasing its profile as an energy hub.

CEO, Conor O’Dowd, says it’s a very important project for them:

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Local TD demands support for farmers with cost of shearing sheep

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Sean Canney says the Government must put a scheme in place to support farmers in the shearing of sheep.

It follows the recent publication of a long-awaited Wool Feasibility Study, which recommends a range of measures to develop and market Irish wool.

Deputy Canney says while it’s all hugely positive news, farmers do need some help in the meantime – such as a €5 shearing grant per sheep.

Speaking to Galway Talks, he says there is huge potential for wool in our economy.

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City language school calls for state funding to support free English lessons for Ukrainians

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city language school is calling on the Government to provide funding to meet the enormous demand for English lessons from Ukrainian refugees.

Galway Language School, based at Bridge Mills, is providing free classes during the summer months.

But it says it cannot meet the huge demand for the lessons, which it argues will help refugees to integrate and take up jobs in many sectors.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Director Patrick Creed says the state urgently needs to provide support.

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