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Heated debate at City Hall over rental cost of Christmas Market

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was heated debate at City Hall this week over the rent being charged for the Christmas Market at Eyre Square.
Councillor Padraig Conneely claimed the small fee being charged for a full month use of a major public space is ‘an absolute disgrace’.
It was revealed at this week’s meeting of the local authority that the operators of the Christmas Market are being charged €10 thousand for the use of Eyre Square.
Councillor Padraig Conneely claimed it’s an outrageously paltry fee to charge a commerical, profit-making company for the extended use of a public space.
He suggested the figure should be at least doubled with immediate effect.
However, speaking in response, City CEO Brendan McGrath said the figure was arrived at by simply multiplying the daily rate of €250 charged to any applicant for the use of Eyre Square.
He also added that it was crucial that people do not lose sight of the fact that the Christmas Market draws some half a million people to the city each year.
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County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.

This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.

Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.

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University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.

They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.

It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.

Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.

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Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.

She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.

Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.

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