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Galway Marks and Spencer closed as workers stike

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Galway bay fm newsroom – Marks and Spencer at the Corrib shopping centre in the city centre is closed today as workers have gone on strike.

The shutters are closed on the store and around 10 of the staff are wearing placards saying ‘Mandate, Marks and Spencer official strike’

Around 10 more of the staff are maintaining a presence outside at the side of the shopping centre.

The group join around 2,000 workers at 17 M&S stores in the strike action – in a row over the company’s defined pension scheme.

Management say they want to re-open “meaningful negotiations”

The company is advising people they can still shop online, and the store at the Corrib shopping centre will be re-open tomorrow.

David Moran from Mandate Trade Union says they’re willing to sit down and tal

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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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West is first location for tourism initiative Slow Cabins

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The west is the first location in Ireland for new solar and rain-powered Slow Cabins.

The eco-cabins are set in a secret address on the west coast, with guests only given their exaction location in the days before their trip.

However those in Galway only have a short distance to travel according to Lisa Regan of SlowCabins.ie.

Sarah Slevin caught up with Lisa to find out more about the simple and peaceful getaways

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