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GAMING FIRM DECLINES TO COMMENT ON CITY JOB LOSSES

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City gaming giant Electronic Arts has declined to confirm or deny reports that 20 of its staff have been laid off from its customer service division.

Last September, the firm which is one of the biggest gaming companies in the world, announced an expansion of its Galway Customer Experience Centre, bringing 300 jobs to the city.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm News regarding the reported city job losses, EA says it’s sharpening its focus to provide games for new platforms and mobile.

It adds that in some cases, this involves reducing team sizes adding that it does not disclose the impact on individual teams.

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City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.

Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.

Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.

Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.

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Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.

That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.

He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.

Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.

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TD Claire Kerrane calls for inclusion of oil in Business Energy Support Scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Claire Kerrane is urging the Governement to include oil as part of the new Business Energy Support Scheme.

Deputy Kerrane claims the support is excluding businesses based on energy usage.

The Roscommon/Galway TD has raised the issue in the Dáil, however Finance Minister Paschal Donohue says it’s not possible to include oil at this time.

She says it’s important we support businesses, especially over the winter months:

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