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Government urged to provide Galway workshops on CAP deal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Department of Agriculture should provide one-to-one workshops with Galway farmers to educate them about the new CAP deal.

That’s according to Fine Gael MEP for the North West, Jim Higgins.

He says it would be more productive if the Department held information workshops, rather than overloading farmers with documentation and fines.

Various new measures are included in the new CAP deal such as 25 percent top-up payments for young farmers and the liberalisation of sugar and milk markets.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, MEP Higgins says the Department’s own inspectors should give CAP workshops.

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167 fraud offences recorded in Galway so far this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 167 fraud offences were recorded in Galway city in the first five months of this year.

Deception and ‘card not present’ offences were the most common with 42 cases of each fraud type recorded.

The second most common fraud offence was ‘account take over’ with 17 recorded by Gardaí.

Phishing offences were next in line with 16 offences noted and shopping or online auction fraud with a further 16.

10 cases of accommodation fraud were brought to the attention of Gardaí, as well as nine cases of forgery.

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Latest figures reveal 284 cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s has been a concerning increase in the transmission of the Delta variant in Ireland, according to the chief medical officer.

Dr Tony Holohan says it’s estimated the Delta strain of Covid-19 accounts for up to 20 per cent of cases reported in the last week.

It comes as 284 further cases of Covid-19 have been reported by the Department of Health this evening.

53 Covid-19 patients are in hospital, with 13 of those patients in intensive care.

The ICU figures stand at their lowest level since mid-September.

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Minister tells Seanad no plan to build new primary school in Barna

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Minister has told the Seanad that there are no plans to build a new primary school in Barna.

Minister of State with responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan was speaking in response to a query from Galway based Senator Sean Kyne.

Speaking in the Seanad today Senator Kyne said Scoil Náisiúnta Shéamais Naofa in Barna is outdated in terms of classroom size, layout and energy efficiency.

He added that the school playground is sloped and it’s unsafe in wet and icy conditions as well as being unsuitable for children with physical disabilities.

Senator Kyne told Minister Madigan the school is located along a busy main road and that the site is too small to implement any additional safety measures to allow its pupils to cycle to school safely.

He said developing a new school building on a quieter site is the best option for Scoil Shéamais Naofa.

Speaking in response Minister Madigan said enrollment at the 259 pupil school had actually decreased in recent years and the department has no plans to development a new building for it at this time.

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