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Galway care workers to strike over unfair pay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Hundreds of Galway’s most vulnerable people could be left without full care should healthcare staff strike next month.
Staff at Ability West and RehabCare Galway will be among thousands of workers due to go on strike on Valentine’s day unless an agreement over higher pay is reached.
A SIPTU ballot of section 39 workers resulted in 97 per cent in favour of industrial action over pay conditions.
Section 39 organisations are bodies that work with the HSE to provide care in local communities.
Staff working in the sector suffered the same pay cuts as public healthcare workers, but were not included when wages were restored.
CEO of Ability West Breda Crehan-Roche says they have a duty to provide a safe service, which isn’t possible unless pay is restored.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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