Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway-Roscommon TD is asking the Taoiseach to live up to his pledges on ensuring pensioners are properly looked after.
Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice says that many people are being unfairly penalised due to the unfair method used to calculate entitlements to contributory pensions.
Changes introduced in 2012 mean the entitlement is based on how PRSI contributions made by the individual average out over their working life.
This means the system particularly affects women – with many considering it a form of ‘punishment’ for those who took career breaks to raise families.
Deputy Fitzmaurice argues Leo Varadkar often speaks of looking after pensioners – but it was his party that are responsible for the inequality in the current system.
The Independent TD says the Taoiseach needs to act on his word and ensure the whole system is looked at.
Local TD fears end of COVID payment will accelerate its spread in workplaces
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD fears that the ceasing of the COVID-19 illness payment will accelerate the spread of the virus in workplaces.
Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton claims there are more than 4,000 people unable to work – after the special payment ended last Friday.
Deputy Naughton says it has resulted people receiving a disability payment from the Department of Social Protection instead.
He is calling for a proper treatment plan for long COVID and is expressing the following concerns:
Damian Browne docks off Furbo beach after historic row
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Damian Browne has docked off Furbo beach this morning after his historic row from New York to Galway.
He arrived ashore at 1am this morning – his official homecoming will be at 11am at the Port of Galway.
After 2,686 hours at sea, or 112 days, Damian has become the first to complete the row.
Project Empower is part of a fundraising effort for National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Ability West, Madra and The Galway Simon Community.
Eight Galway winners at largest food awards on the island
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Eight local producers have brought home prizes at the largest food awards on the island – the Blas na hÉireann awards.
The Galway winnners included Abbert Bailiu Teoranta, Builin Blasta Teo, Galmere Fresh Foods, Ivy House Chocolates, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Ltd, Loughnane’s Of Galway, The Foods of Athenry and Wildfolk.
Meanwhile, Ballybrit-based Grá Chocolates scooped three awards in total – Grainne Mullins is owner and founder: