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Galway peace activist returned to prison over refusal to sign bond

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Peace activist Margaretta D’Arcy has been returned to Limerick prison for failing to sign a bond to stay away from restricted parts of Shannon airport.
The 80 year old presented herself for arrest to Gardai at Mill Street Garda Station in the city earlier – on foot of a court warrant.
She was wearing an orange jumpsuit – and accompanied by supporters.
Margaretta D’Arcy has already served 9 weeks of a 3 month prison term for an illegal incursion of the runway at Shannon.

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152 homes refurbished for social housing use in Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 150 homes were refurbished for use in social housing schemes in Galway last year.

As part of the 2020 Voids Stimulus Programme, over 2,500 homes have been brought back into use nationwide, with 152 delivered in Galway.

As part of the programme, over €40 million was allocated for the refurbishment of 2,500 vacant social homes.

By the end of 2020, 1,925 were occupied with a further 640 tenancies accepted.

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Over one thousand new Galway addresses added to GeoDirectory database last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over one thousand new addresses in county Galway were added to the GeoDirectory database last year.

Dublin accounted for the largest proportion of new address points with 33% of the total, followed by Cork at 11% and Kildare at almost 9%.

Galway recorded 4.9% of all new addresses while the smallest numbers were added in counties Leitrim and Longford.

The report by GeoDirectory finds more than four percent of houses nationally are empty.

Donegal, Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim have the highest vacancy rate, with more than one in 10 homes empty.

Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Waterford meanwhile have the lowest rates.

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3 percent drop in job vacancies across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway recorded a 3 percent drop in job vacancies in the 4th quarter of last year.

That’s according to new figures from website IrishJobs.ie.

The research found that overall, job postings in Galway were down 13 percent during 2020.

That’s considerably better than the national average, which was 23 percent.

However, remote work vacancies nationwide did experience strong growth, increasing by 50 percent between the 3rd and 4th quarters last year.

While overall, remote working jobs are up by almost 2,000 percent since this time last year.

The most resilient sectors identified are healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and IT.

While the most vulnerable are tourism, travel and hospitality.

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