Galway Bay fm newsroom – New CSO figures show Galway’s unemployment rate continues to fall – with a slight drop recorded last month.
The drop is considerably more significant when compared to this time last year.
In March 2017, Galway’s unemployment rate stood at 13, 723.
Last month, it had dropped to 12, 191 – a decrease of over 10 percent over the past 12 months.
It’s also a slight decrease of 1.5 percent on the figure for February of this year.
The biggest decrease was in the city – from 6,157 people on the live register in February, to 6,038 last month.
In Ballinasloe, there are now 1, 398 registered as unemployed, compared to 1,404 the previous month.
Clifden also experienced a drop between February and March – from 858 people to 800.
The trend continued in Gort, where a slight drop in the unemployment rate from 936 to 919 was recorded during the same period.
Following is Loughrea, which saw a further drop from 1,283 on the unemployment register in February, to 1,248 in March.
Tuam was the only area in Galway to buck the trend – with a slight increase in the numbers of those unemployed last month.
There are now 1,788 people without jobs in Tuam – a small increase on the figure of 1,759 recorded in February.
European Commission confirms daily fines against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm will cease
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The European Commission has confirmed that daily fines being applied against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm in South Galway will cease.
The State has reached agreement with the European Commission to cease fines of 15 thousand euro a day relating to the ESB-owned wind farm
The sanctions were imposed as a result of Ireland’s failure to ensure environmental standards were upheld at the facility on the Slieve Aughty mountains.
The State has, over the years, paid more than €17 million to the commission, due to the breaches.
The final sum due to be paid is €1,245,000.
Operations at Derrybrien ended this time last year, after An Bord Pleanála refused an application for substitute consent at the site.
This meant the project was considered an unauthorised development.
The company subsequently announced that it would decommission the site.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news the Dept of Housing says the exact details in relation to decommissioning and site restoration are a matter for Galway County Council and the owner
Galway’s CONNOLLY favourite for Ireland’s Eurovision song choice with decision due tonight
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 19 year old Connemara artist CONNOLLY is the favourite heading into tonight’s Late Late show vote for Eurovision song.
Six songs are taking part in the Eurosong vote on RTÉ One from 9:35PM, all vying to become Ireland’s entry for the 2023 competition being held in Liverpool this May.
The latest betting odds are placing Lettermullen singer, Jennifer Connolly and her song Midnight Summer Night 11/8 favourite ahead of Wild Youth on 5/2.
The winner will be chosen after the public vote is added to the scores from both a national jury and an international jury.
Jennifer told Galway Bay FM’s breakfast show Mollie in the Morning how she came to be among the six acts:
Senator claims barriers to Galway Ring Road will cause huge implications for other infrastructure projects
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local senator Ollie Crowe is claiming that the barriers facing the Galway Ring Road will result in huge implications for other infrastructure projects.
It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.
The Fianna Fáil Senator is slamming the current road network in Galway as “not fit for purpose” and says the ring road is a “substantial piece of the jigsaw” to fix that.
Senator Crowe outlines how he believes the Climate Action Plan will cause more problems down the line: