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Galway senator calls for government response to flood damage

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County and City Councils should not be expected to take on the entire cost of required repairs following recent storm damage.

That’s according to Galway Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh, who claims the government should respond to the recent devastation caused by the stormy conditions.

It follows earlier calls by City Councillor Peter Keane for the immediate provision of an emergency repair fund for businesses that have been damaged across the county.

Businesses in areas including the Spanish Arch, Salthill and Flood Street suffered extensive damage during yesterday’s storm.

In Connemara, ten houses in Ervellagh, west of Roundstone, remain cut off after the roads in the area were torn up by the storm.

Landowners along the Connemara coastline are today assessing the damage- walls were knocked, and piers, roads, graveyards and footpaths damaged.

It’s reported that the famous shipwreck, ‘The Plassy’ on the island of Inis Oirr has also been weather-damaged.

A major clean-up is continuing across the county this evening, but more stormy weather is forecast for tomorrow, and the city council have warned that there is the potential for more flooding.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Senator O’Clochartaigh says the government needs to respond.

Meanwhile, the Leisureland complex in Salthill remains closed for the next few days following extensive flood damage.

A combined heating unit, which was installed by the council last year, was damaged by fire when the leisure centre flooded at high tide yesterday morning.

The pool and gym were also submerged.

Councillor Peter Keane says the council will receive a report on the full extent of the damage this week.

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283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.

23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.

There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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€1.3m funding to support live performances across Galway this summer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost €1.3m funding has been announced to support gigs and festivals in Galway this summer.

It’s as the Government has unveiled a national allocation of €25m under The Live Performance Support Scheme.

The largest allocation of almost €200 thousand will go to the Galway Comedy Festival, to support the staging of live shows.

A further €185 has been awarded to Strange Brew Limited, towards a series a concerts to be held in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork, as well as three large outdoor events.

€182 thousand will go to popular west end venue the Róisín Dubh, for a series of live shows peformed at the venue and outdoor beer garden.

Clonbur-based Gemstone Business Consultants has been granted an allocation of €169 thousand for a number of live music performances over a weekend.

€132 thousand will support traditional live music events at the Black Gate at St. Francis Street – while a further €130 thousand has been awarded for live performances at Munroes Live.

City-based production company Milestone Inventive has been allocated €127 thousand for a number of outdoor performances of ‘Playboy of the Western World’.

€95 thousand has been granted to the well known Trad on the Prom show, while €64 thousand will support a Mike Denver plus guests sit down concert.

And just under €32 thousand will go to the CelloVision project, which blends live and pre-recorded music with unconventional video and imagery on stage.

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Local senators make strong contributions to Seanad debate on gender pay gap

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local Senators Aisling Dolan and Pauline O’ Reilly have given spirited speeches in the Seanad during a debate on the gender pay gap.

It’s as the house is debating new laws that would require companies to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation.

The measures would initially apply to businesses of more than 250 employees – and eventually to all companies employing 50 people or more.

Addressing Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman, Senator Aisling Dolan pointed out that the gender pay gap has been addressed in other EU countries:

Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’ Reilly said we shouldn’t be relying on our justice system to vindicate the rights of women in the workplace:

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