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Funding for controversial roadworks at Lough Atalia bridge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding of 600 thousand euro has been sanctioned for controversial roadworks at Lough Atalia in the city.
Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar announced the funding to lower the bridge at Lough Atalia, which has been struck by high sided vehicles eight times since 2008.
The total cost of the safety works is expected to cost 750 thousand euro and will be carried out over a two-month period.
200 thousand euro in funding has also been announced today for the Lettergesh Slope Slippage Scheme in Connemara.
This project will cost a total of 600 thousand euro and is now at the design stage with work hoped to commence towards the end of the year.
Senator Hildegarde Naughton says the works at Lough Atalia bridge may cause disruption but are vital for the local economy.
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Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year

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Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.

874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.

Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.

The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.

The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.

Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.

That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.

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Galway one of just three counties with no confirmed case of Monkeypox

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is one of just three counties with no confirmed case of Monkeypox

That’s according to the latest report from HPSC.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre lists the county in a group alongside Mayo and Roscommon, with none of the three having a reported case.

In the most recently published weekly report, the HSPC confirms there have been 101 cases nationwide

To date, all cases are male, and have a median age of 36 years.

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Two Connemara beaches listed in top 15 wild swimming spots in UK and Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two of Connemara’s beaches are listed in the top 15 wild swimming spots across the UK and Ireland.

Trá an Dóilín in Carraroe came in at number six, while Dog’s Bay in Roundstone was named the 13th best out of the 800 waterways considered.

Six Irish beaches made the list, with Achill Island’s Keem Beach taking the crown.

To rank the beaches, reusable bottle company, Ocean Bottle, scraped water samples, cross-referenced their Google rating and number of reviews.

In a separate list of ‘hidden gems’, Aillebrack/Silverhill Beach was awarded the top spot.

While Gurteen Beach in Ervallagh and Trá na Reilige in An Cheathrú Rua also made the top 20 hidden gems list.

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