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GARDA HELICOPTER TO ASSIST WITH GALWAY GORSE FIRES

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The Garda helicopter is on its way to Galway to assist fire services battling gorse fires.

Emergency services are attempting to contain several fires in the Galway West area this evening, however there are currently no homes in danger.

A gorse fire is being attended to in Baile An TSléibhe by two units while one unit is also battling a blaze in Knockarassar in Moycullen.

Galway Bay fm News reports a unit is also making its way to Boley Beg East on the Rahoon Road where a bog fire has also been reported.

However, a fire at Park East in Spiddal has now been brought under control.

Meanwhile, the Spiddal to Moycullen road is currently impassable through the mountain road and Gardaí are attempting to divert traffic away from the area.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area if possible because of the volume of smoke in the area.

The Garda helicopter will assist the fire services in methods of tackling the fires.

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Strong attendance at Galway’s walk-in vaccination centres over bank holiday weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 800 people attended walk-in vaccination centres in Clifden and Galway Racecourse over the bank holiday weekend.

A walk-in center opened at Clifden Community School on Saturday morning and over 130 first-dose vaccinations were given.

A walk-in vaccination clinic also opened at Galway Racecourse yesterday and over 700 attendances were recorded.

Nationally, over 30 thousand people received a vaccine at walk-in facilities across the country over the weekend.

The HSE says the number of attendances outstripped their expectations and they may extend the operation of the centres.

Project Manager with Saolta, Frank Harburn, said it wasn’t just young people coming forward in Galway – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Galway TD calls on Government to find solution to long-running school support staff pay dispute

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East TD is calling on the Government to find a solution to a long-running school support staff pay dispute.

Independent Deputy Sean Canney says the Department of Education must offer realistic solutions to end pay inequalities once and for all for schools secretaries and caretakers.

It follows a recent decision by the Fórsa trade union to reject what it described as a ‘derisory’ offer from the Department as part of a process designed to regularise the terms and conditions of school secretaries and caretakers.

The staff affected are employed by individual school boards of management and are paid out of the ancillary grant provided to schools.

Currently most of these secretaries earn roughly €12,500 a year with irregular short-term contracts that force them to sign-on during the summer holidays and other school breaks.

Deputy Canney argues the Department of Education’s offer is approximately €12,000 below the maximum salary for secretaries carrying out the same level of work in ETB schools.

He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that the situation is discriminatory and must be resolved immediately.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Step forward for plans to enhance public areas in Clifden

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a step forward in plans to enhance public areas around Clifden.

Galway County Council has now appointed a design team to advance the Clifden Town Centre Public Realm Enhancement project.

The plan includes Clifden Harbour Park and Beach Road.

Funding of almost €800 thousand was approved for the project in June of last year under the Rural Rengeration and Development Fund.

Councillor Eileen Mannion says the design team will bring the plan to a “shovel ready” stage.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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