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Galway TD says pubs closure leading to more house parties, drinking at home, domestic violence and spread of Covid-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has raised serious concerns regarding the impact that extended pub closures is having society.

Independent Deputy Noel Grealish argues that pubs remaining closed is leading to more house parties, people drinking excessively at home, increased levels of domestic violence and the spread of Covid-19.

It comes as publicans won’t know until next Tuesday whether or not they can reopen on August 10th.

Speaking in the Dail this week, Deputy Grealish called for the Government to introduce specific measures to support the struggling pub sector.

In response Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said the July stimulus package contains measures for the sector – including a six month freeze on commercial rates, inclusion in the temporary wage subsidy scheme and a 2 percent VAT cut on alcoholic beverages.

Deputy Grealish says the social importance of pubs cannot be underestimated – to hear more on this topic, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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NUIG to make student timetables available by end of month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway is to finalise timetables for students by the end of the month as the university prepares to reopen.

The university received guidance on the reopening of third level in recent weeks and is now examining the roll-out before the September reopening.

NUIG President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh says feedback has found students are keen to have an in-person experience as well as the online mode of learning.

First year students are expected to begin on campus on September 28th with an induction process likely to take place the previous week.

Professor Ó hÓgartaigh says there will be an on-campus experience as well as online learning while adhering to public health guidelines….

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City Hall opens book of condolence following death of John Hume

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway city council has opened a book of condolence following the death of John Hume.

The remains of the former Nobel peace prize winner will be removed from his home in Donegal to Saint Eugene’s cathedral in Derry this evening.

Mr. Hume passed away in the early hours of yesterday having suffered from Dementia for some time.

He was awarded the freedom of Galway city in 1999 in appreciation for his work in the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

A funeral mass will be held for the 83 year old tomorrow in accordance with public health guidance.

A book of condolence will be opened at City Hall this morning and will remain open until Friday afternoon.

Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv told Keith Finnegan on Galway talks John Hume did a lot for the country – often against the odds….

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Power restored to 2700 households following issues with Claregalway transformer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Power has been restored to 2700 houses in the East Galway area.

2,700 households experienced the outage this morning in areas including Turloughmore, parts of Claregalway, Ballyglunin, Abbeyknockmoy and Tuam.

It was due to issues with the transformer based in Claregalway.

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