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Galway Senator calls for fishermen bail out

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway Senator is calling on the Minister for the Marine, Simon Coveny, to bail out fishermen devastated by storms.

Sinn Fein’s Trevor O’ Clochartaigh says many inshore fishermen are in danger of losing their livelihoods due to damage done by the adverse weather conditions.

In recent days, boats and other critical infrastructure such as access roads, piers and slipways have been severely affected.

Senator O’ Clochartaigh says the Marine Minister needs to put an emergency fund in place immediately.

Meanwhile, the Irish Shellfish Association says the small marine farming sector has also been seriously impacted.

The group argues that such stormy conditions highlight the need for crucial funds to upgrade marine farms.

It’s calling on Minister Simon Coveney to allow access to capital grant aid for all producers to ensure they can upgrade their equipment as is the case elsewhere in Europe.

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Clifden District Hospital described as vital service which takes pressure off city hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local representatives are to meet with HSE senior personnel at Merlin Park this morning – over the future of Clifden District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE last Friday – informing them that respite services will not be available from this week.

Senator Seán Kyne was one of the organisers of a public meeting in the Clifden Town Hall yesterday afternoon, which saw almost 600 in attendance.

Senator Kyne spoke to our reporter Máirtín Ó Catháin about the importance of the local hospital:

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Galway city house prices rose by 11.6% in the past year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – House prices in Galway city have risen by 11.6 percent in the past year.

The average price of a home nationwide is up point 1 per cent between June and September, compared to the second quarter.

While in Dublin prices are 6 per cent higher than a year previously.

Daft.ie report author Ronan Lyons has said that the number of homes available to buy is up by over a fifth.

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Local reps to meet with HSE today over future of Clifden District Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local representatvies are to meet with HSE senior personnel this morning – over the future of Clifden District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE last week, informing them that respite services will not be available from this week.

Yesterday, almost 600 people gathered at Clifden Town Hall to voice their concerns of the situation.

The Clifden District Hospital was established in 1935.

Since then it has served a wide area of Connemara from Leenane in the north to Carna in the south of the district.

A message from the HSE on Friday that the remaining four patients, who are in the older age group, must leave the Hospital by this Monday has sparked fears that the end is in sight for the hospital.

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