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Galway Credit Unions propose bond to assist flood crisis fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway credit unions have proposed that the League could assist in lending funds to the Government to assist with the flooding crisis.

Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames says St. Anthony’s and Claddagh Credit Union and Athenry Credit Union have suggested a Credit Union Bond to help with national flooding infrastructure.

She says members’ savings nationally are in the region of 10 billion euro which would be better than relying on funding from international money markets.

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  • Contact tracing is being stopped in primary schools and childcare facilities from Monday. It means testing of asymptomtic close contacts will be discontinued. The changes do not include special education facilities.
  • Following the post mortem examination Gardai are treating the discovery of a body near the coast in Kinvara as a tragedy. Efforts are underway to identify the woman.
  • Sinn Fein MLAs are welcoming Joe Biden’s latest warning to Boris Johnson about risking peace in Northern Ireland, by tampering with the protocol.
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Galway City Councillor calls on Government to prioritise Mental Health in upcoming Budget

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A Galway city councillor is urging the Government to prioritise mental health services in the upcoming budget on the day that national organisation Mental Health Reform says Ireland’s mental health funding is almost half of what it should be.

It was envisaged that 10 per cent of Ireland’s health budget would be set aside for mental heath, but last year, just 5.1 per was actually allocated.

Labour’s Niall McNeilis says with one in four in our society set to experience a mental health problem at some point in their lives, it’s time to ensure that the nationally mental health policy is fully resourced.

The city councillor highlights that an increase in the number seeking treatment for eating disorders has led to longer waiting lists and anxiety for those seeking supports.

Councillor McNeilis says in his role as chairperson of local charity Let’s Get Talking he’s very aware that local mental health services must be funded to alleviate growing waiting lists – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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€400,000 allocated to arts organisations across Galway city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Arts organisations across Galway city are to benefit from grants totalling €400,000.

Over sixty artist-led organisations will share in the funding granted by Galway City Council.

Galway City Council says while its finances have been seriously affected by the pandemic, in recognition of the importance of contemporary arts to the city the local authority has made available the full arts budget as agreed before the COVID-19 crisis.

Galway International Arts Festival will receive the biggest allocation of €46,000 followed by Galway Arts Centre which will benefit from €35,000 in funding.

Druid Performing Arts Company has also been successful with €28,000 granted while €26,00 is on the way for Galway Music Residency.

Macnas, Galway Film Fleadh and Baboró International Arts Festival For Children have all been granted €19,000 to fund projects in the coming year.

Other recipents include Galway Theatre Festival, Galway Community Circus and Moonfish Theatre.

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