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GALWAY MEDICINE PRICES DIFFER BY AVERAGE OF 30 PERCENT

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People who buy medicines at some Galway pharmacies can expect to pay an average of 30 percent more depending on where they go to fill the prescription.

That’s the finding of a nationwide study of 42 common prescription medicines carried out by the National Consumer Agency.

The study shows that the maximum percentage price variation in Galway for a single prescription medicine was 97 percent.

15 of the products were 30 percent more expensive in some Galway chemists compared to competitors in the same region, with 8 of the products having a price variation of over 40 percent.

One particular prescription, 100 5milligram valium tablets, differed in price in Galway from 4 euro 50 cent to 8euro 27 cent, a variation of 84 percent.

However, the relative cost for prescription drugs in Galway is the lowest, 4 and a half percent below the national average.

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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Údarás na Gaeltachta approves over 60 new jobs in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved over 60 new jobs in Connemara.

At its board meeting last evening, investment was approved in a wide range of projects in Gaeltacht regions nationwide.

Among the projects approved was a a development at Aran Biomedical in An Spidéal, whill will create 45 new jobs.

Investment was also approved for Tully-based media company Fíbín Teo, which will create 15 new jobs by 2025.

The meeting was attended by the newly appointed CEO of Údarás, Tomás O’ Síocháin.

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Anger over delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over lifetime of Government

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Fianna Fail Senator is expressing anger over the delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over the lifetime of the current Government.

Senator Ollie Crowe said it’s a completely unacceptable figure that lags far behind other urban areas like Cork or Limerick.

But Minister Malcolm Noonan said the responsibility lies with Galway City and County Councils – and suggested they need a more ambitious agenda.

Senator Crowe said whoever is to blame, it’s an unacceptable situation and some sort of action is needed.

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