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Galway TD grills minister in Dail over top ups for CLÁR funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has grilled a Government Minister in the Dáil over the need to reintroduce top-up funding for group water and sewerage schemes under the CLÁR programme.
The matter was raised by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv – who was yesterday sacked from his frontbench position as Fianna Fail spokesperson for rural affairs.
The CLÁR programme provides funding for small-scale infrastructure projects in disadvantaged rural areas that have experienced depopulation.
The scheme was effectively closed to new applications in 2010 – but was re-launched by the Government in 2016.
However, a ‘top-up’ scheme previously operated under the programme has not been re-introduced.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy O’ Cuiv asked Minister Michael Ring to reinstate top-up funding for group water and sewerage schemes.
Speaking in response, Minister for Rural and Community Affairs Michael Ring admitted the scheme does need reviewing.

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Galway TD Tells Dáil City Housing Affordability Now At Crisis Point

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway TD has told the Dáil that the unaffordability of housing in Galway city is at absolute crisis point, with locals unable to get on the property ladder.

Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell says there’s an urgent need to increase affordable and social housing in preserving and building communities in Galway.

She referenced a 345 build-to-rent apartment development at Crown Square in Mervue which has recently got the go ahead from An Bord Pleanála.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Farrell says it’s time to favour people and communities over developers and profits.

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Galway East Minister Says Wage Subsidy Scheme To Employ People with Disabilities In the Private Sector Should be Reviewed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway’s Minister for Disability says a review of the Wage Subsidy Scheme for Employers is needed to help address the low employment rate for people with disabilities in Ireland.

According to new research by the ESRI, the country now has the fourth lowest employment rate among people with a disability in the EU,

It also highlights that people with a disability in Ireland are more than twice as likely to experience poverty and deprivation than those without.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme gives financial support to private sector employers who can provide between 21 and 39 hours of employment per week to workers with a disability.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway East Minister for Disability Anne Rabbitte says the current scheme is not working and needs to reviewed.

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Pop-up vaccination clinic to operate from NUIG next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pop-up vaccination base will operate from NUI Galway next week.

It’s one of 11 pop up vaccination centres that will be established across third level colleges next week.

The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff.

The initiative aims to maximise vaccine uptake in those who have not yet availed of vaccination, including international students.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris says Ireland has already seen a great uptake from young people and vaccination week will offer anyone who hasn’t received their first or second dose the opportunity to do so.

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