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Galway West TD says securing funds for South Connemara station will be difficult

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Galway bay fm newsroom – A Galway West Fine Gael TD has admitted it won’t be easy to find the funds to build a fire station in South Connemara region.

A public meeting is taking place this evening in Carraroe in an effort to keep pressure on political representatives to provide a service.

The campaign has been ongoing for almost 20 years.

Galway city and Clifden fire services are currently covering areas such as Lettermore, Lettermullen and Carraroe.  

A report issued to the county council at the October meeting outlined three options – one which included building a fire station at Carraroe.

However, one of the major issues going forward for the council is a lack of funding to provide the service.

Deputy Sean Kyne says while it won’t be easy to find the funds, he is fully in support of locating a fire station in the South Connemara area

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Online survey launched on future development of Oranmore area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online survey has been launched to find out what improvements the public in Oranmore want to see in the village and the surrounding areas.

The document has been commissioned by the MÓR Action group which is looking for people of all ages to have their say on the future development of community spaces.

The local group says once all the responses are gathered they’ll be presented to the County Council and elected representatives.

MÓR Action has confirmed that the survey was developed because the County Council said it was finding it difficult to engage with the community due to the diverse range of groups and interests in Oranmore.

It comes as Oranmore was recently awarded €100,000 in Council funding for public realm enhancements in the village.

A link for the survey is available on MÓR Action’s social media accounts and it will remain open until July 16.

The group’s spokesperson Caroline Rowan says the survey gives locals the chance to have their say on how the public realm funding can be best used in the community.

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1,400 fewer people claiming PUP in Galway this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,400 fewer people will claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Galway this week.

13,218 people will receive the payment today – compared to 14,683 this day last week.

It comes as the number of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment nationwide is at its lowest level since last October.

Just over 244,000 people received the payment today, which is 23,000 fewer than last week.

The payment will close to new applicants at the end of this month.

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Digital hub set to be established on Inis Meáin

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A digital hub is to be established on Inis Meáin.

The Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved a capital investment of up to €62,000 to develop the hub as part of the growth of the gteic network.

Under the plan, the hub is to be set up in the new Community and Enterprise Centre that is currently under development on the Aran island.

It will involve an open space of over 20 square metres in a hub with five hotdesks as part of the initial phase.

The initiative is all in a bid to serve the community and businesses and to provide remote working opportunities on the Island.

There are 16 gteic hubs open throughout the Gaeltacht at the moment, with four in county Galway located in Furbo, Spiddal, Carraroe and Carna.

It is hoped that the gteic hub at Tír an Fhia and at Inis Mór will open in the weeks ahead.

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