Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway Fine Gael TD says recent employment figures for the west prove that the government jobs measures are working.
Figures compiled by the CSO show that the unemployment rate in the west stands at 13.5%.
That’s down 1.8 percentage points from the 15.3% recorded during the comparable period of the second quarter of 2012.
The west’s participation rate – which is defined as the number of people aged 15 or over in the labour force as a percentage of the whole population – is the highest of all the regions in the country, including Dublin.
Deputy Sean Kyne says the figures show we’re moving in the right direction.
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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.
He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:
Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.
It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.
The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.
Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.
She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.
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