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GSPCA calls for more inspections at animal facilities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is calling for annual inspections to be carried at facilities that look after animals.
Dog Warden with the GSPCA, Bartley Finnerty, says vets can carry out ad hoc inspections at kennels but these are not consistent.
The call follows a case at Loughrea court, where Sarah Gunther who runs East Galway Animal Rescue was convicted of ill-treating dogs.
8 dogs, who were in an emaciated state, housed in poor conditions, were seized by Gardaí on foot of concerns from the GSPCA.
Sarah Gunther, who told the court that she used to work for the GSPCA, pleaded guilty to the ill-treatment of the dogs.
The Judge imposed a fee of 250 euro on one of the summonses and 600 euro witness expenses.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Bartley Finnerty of the GSPCA says old legislation was referenced in the Loughrea case and new protocols are needed.

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152 homes refurbished for social housing use in Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 150 homes were refurbished for use in social housing schemes in Galway last year.

As part of the 2020 Voids Stimulus Programme, over 2,500 homes have been brought back into use nationwide, with 152 delivered in Galway.

As part of the programme, over €40 million was allocated for the refurbishment of 2,500 vacant social homes.

By the end of 2020, 1,925 were occupied with a further 640 tenancies accepted.

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Over one thousand new Galway addresses added to GeoDirectory database last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over one thousand new addresses in county Galway were added to the GeoDirectory database last year.

Dublin accounted for the largest proportion of new address points with 33% of the total, followed by Cork at 11% and Kildare at almost 9%.

Galway recorded 4.9% of all new addresses while the smallest numbers were added in counties Leitrim and Longford.

The report by GeoDirectory finds more than four percent of houses nationally are empty.

Donegal, Mayo, Roscommon and Leitrim have the highest vacancy rate, with more than one in 10 homes empty.

Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow and Waterford meanwhile have the lowest rates.

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3 percent drop in job vacancies across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway recorded a 3 percent drop in job vacancies in the 4th quarter of last year.

That’s according to new figures from website IrishJobs.ie.

The research found that overall, job postings in Galway were down 13 percent during 2020.

That’s considerably better than the national average, which was 23 percent.

However, remote work vacancies nationwide did experience strong growth, increasing by 50 percent between the 3rd and 4th quarters last year.

While overall, remote working jobs are up by almost 2,000 percent since this time last year.

The most resilient sectors identified are healthcare, pharmaceutical, food and IT.

While the most vulnerable are tourism, travel and hospitality.

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