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Galway Carers provide over quarter of a million hours unpaid care each week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Carers in Galway give more than quarter of a million hours unpaid care to the county’s sick, elderly and vunerable each week.
That’s according to the Irish Red Cross, which says that of over 10 thousand carers in Galway, almost half work between 15 and 43 hours a week, while a further 43% work up to 14 hours a week.
The charity is calling for nominations for the 2014 Carer of the Year Awards to highlight the work of carers in Galway.
The competition will select four regional winners before announcing the national winner in October.
Danny Curran of the IRC says the competition is open to any member of the public currently providing voluntary care.

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Frustration as Craughwell and Clarinbridge prioritised for new wastewater facilities

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GBFM News – There’s frustration among some county councillors that Craughwell and Clarinbridge are being prioritised for new wastewater facilities.

They’ve been selected as the county applicants to a national scheme worth €50m, to assist rural villages with the most urgent needs.

At this week’s meeting of Galway County Council, some councillors expressed frustration and disappointment that many other villages across Galway in sore need of investment are being passed over.

But the council executive gave an assurance that there is no political aspect to the decision, and Craughwell and Clarinbridge were nominated solely based on priority.

Councillor PJ Murphy argues Craughwell is in desperate need of investment.

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Students to sleep out in Eyre Square to protest accommodation crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Students will be sleeping out in Eyre Square tonight to protest against the accommodation crisis.

The University of Galway Student’s Union is highlighting the vast number of students who can’t find a place to live in Galway this academic year.

Protestors plan to leave campus at 6pm before setting up camp for the night.

SU President, Sai Gujulla outlines their demands:

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Local TD claims Budget 2023 brings no certainty to families

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD claims Budget 2023 does not bring any certainty to families.

The Government delivered a 11 billion euro budget, the largest in the history of the state in response to the cost of living crisis.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Sinn Féin TD, Mairéad Farrell, says once off energy credits do not go far enough:

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