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Galway TD critical of continued reliance on HAP in Budget 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is criticising the Government’s continued reliance on the Housing Assistance Payment in Budget 2022.

It’s after funding for the HAP scheme was increased by €168 million to provide for 14,000 new HAP tenancies

Deputy Catherine Connolly says while additional space may be needed temporarily, the Government should be signalling its intent to wind the scheme down.

She argued the focus should be on instead investing the €1bn annual spend into building public housing on public land.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Connolly said the Government’s long-running reliance on the private market has directly led to the current crisis – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Approval granted for new Connacht/Ulster Technological University integrating GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approval has been granted for the establishment of a new Technological University for the West and North-West that will integrate GMIT.

The green light from Higher Education Minister Simon Harris will see the amalgamation of the Connacht Ulster Alliance – GMIT, Letterkenny IT and Sligo IT.

The new TU will offer almost 600 academic programmes from pre-degree to doctoral level to a student population of over 20 thousand students across eight campuses.

Announcing the approval today, Minister Harris said it will increase access to college, lead to enhanced regional development and boost local opportunities.

Galway West Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughten says it’s a milestone day for the entire region.

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City public meeting to discuss prospect of united Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city this evening to discuss the increasing prospect of a united Ireland. (28/10)

The event is organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future.

It’s the second meeting in a national series and will take place at the Galmont Hotel at 7pm – and will also be streamed online via social media.

Panelists will include local TD’s Eamon O’ Cuiv and Mairead Farrell, and Deputy President of NUI Galway Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh.

Gerry Carlile, CEO of Ireland’s Future, is encouraging everyone to attend this evenings meeting.

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Savita Halappanavar to be remembered at vigil outside Dáil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Savita Halappanavar will be remembered at a vigil in Dublin this evening.

It’s nine years since the 31 year old died at University Hospital Galway, following complications with an incomplete miscarriage.

The Campaign Against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare group will gather outside the Dail from 5.30 this evening.

Women’s rights campaigner Ailbhe Smyth, says her death led to real debate and action on abortion rights in Ireland.

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