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Gaeltacht Minister to visit Connemara today

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The Gaeltacht Minister will visit Connemara today to formally announce the transfer of ownership of seaweed processing company, Arramara Teo.
In May, Údarás na Gaeltachta confirmed that the company had been sold to Acadian Seaplants of Nova Scotia, Canada.
Arramara Teo is one of the longest established industries in Connemara, providing full-time and part-time employment.
The company has been in business in Cill Chiaráin in Connemara since 1947.
Minister Dinny McGinley will make make the annoucement at Arramara Teo in Cill Chiaráin at 10.45 this morning.

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Simon Harris to seek removal of repeat exam fees at NUIG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris has pledged to write to NUI Galway to ask them to waive repeat examination fees.

The matter was raised in the Dáil by Galway West Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell.

She said it’s ridiculous that in the midst of a pandemic, NUI Galway is charging almost €300 for repeat exams, while most other universities do not charge students at all.

She pointed out that youth unemployment is currently at 20 percent and students are also struggling with ‘crippling’ rents in Galway City.

Addressing Minister Harris, Deputy Farrell said it’s not fair there’s no consistency in some policies at Ireland’s universities – a situation she said creates an “unlevel playing field”.

Speaking in response, Minister Harris gave a committment that he would write to NUI Galway….

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Over 24 thousand people in Galway to receive Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 24,300 people in Galway will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment tomorrow.

That’s an increase of almost 3 thousand people since this time last week.

Nationally, 460,000 people will receive the PUP tomorrow, the highest figure recorded since June.

That marks a rise of almost 62,000 people since last Tuesday.

The sector with the highest number of people receiving the payment this week is accommodation and food services – which accounts for over 110,000 people.

It’s followed by over 76,000 wholesale and retail staff, which includes shop workers and also mechanics.

While there are over 56 thousand construction workers across the country set to receive the payment tomorrow – close to double last weeks figure.

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NUIG researchers advance understanding of Covid-19 infection process

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A research team at NUI Galway has advanced the understanding of the Covid-19 infection process.

The team within the Advanced Glycoscience Research Cluster discovered how human respiratory cells respond to the virus.

Researchers say that all pathogens need the right combination of carbohydrates and proteins to attach to their host and cause infection.

The team at NUI Galway found that in Covid-19, the spike-glycoprotein is covered with carbohydrates and binds to the “ACE2 receptor” protein on human respiratory cells to start the infection.

It notes that mutations cause minor changes in this “molecular handshake” – many of these can be insigificant and neither beneficial nor detrimental to the virus or the host.

However, others can alter the infectivity and severity of the disease such as the UK, South African and Brazilian variants.

It’s hoped the data science analysis carried out at NUI Galway will help gain a better insight into the immune response to Covid-19, and lead to the development of improved biomarkers and therapeutic responses to the Covid-19 virus.

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