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More jobless in Tuam and Ballinasloe have dependants



Almost one-third of people in Tuam and Ballinasloe who are in receipt of unemployment benefits have dependants, according to new figures from the Central Statistics Office.

And the statistics – published for the first time ever by the CSO – show that in the entire county, 26% of claimants have dependants, which is almost on a par with the national average of 27%.

In County Galway as a whole, 5,420 of the 20,710 on the Live Register had dependants.

A further breakdown of the of the figures show the highest rate of dependants in the county were recorded in Tuam and Ballinasloe, both at 31%.

In Tuam, 980 of the 3,190 people on the Live Register had dependants, while in Ballinasloe, 720 of the 2,330 had dependants.

Loughrea recorded a rate of 29% (640 of the 2,220 in receipt of unemployment assistance).

In Gort, the rate was 23%, where 330 of the 1,410 had dependants. Clifden recorded the same rate as Galway City at 24% (240 of the 1,010 on the Live Register). In Galway City, one quarter of people who are in receipt of unemployment assistance have dependants.

Of the 10,550 people who were on the Live Register in the city in July, a total of 2,510 had dependants. That equates to around 24%.

The highest rate recorded across the country was in Blanchardstown in Dublin (37%), followed by Portlaoise at 36%.

The lowest rates of dependants were recorded in Tara Street in Dublin city centre (14%), followed by Bantry in West Cork (15%) and Kings Inn Street in Dublin (16%).

Meanwhile a breakdown of the unemployment figures in the city, shows that of the 10,550 on the Live Register, 5,780 (55%) were single; 3,310 (31%) were married, 680 (6%) were cohabiting; 360 (3%) separated and 30 people were legally separated. 40 were widowed, while the marital status of 360 claimants was unknown (around 3%).

In the county as a whole (including the city), of the 20,710 on the Live Register, 10,430 were single; 7,370 married; 80 widowed; 1,410 cohabiting; 640 separated; 70 legally separated and 720 had an unknown status.

In Tuam, 1,390 were single; 1,330 married; ten widowed; 210 cohabiting; 90 separated; ten legally separated and 160 had an unknown status.

In Loughrea, 990 were single; 910 married; 170 cohabiting; 60 separated; ten legally separated and 70 ‘unknown’. In Ballinasloe, 1,080 were single; 920 were married; ten widowed; 200 cohabiting; 60 separated; 20 legally separated and 50 unknown.

In Gort, 620 were single; 610 married; ten widowed; 90 cohabiting; 40 separated and 30 unknown, while in Clifden, 580 were single; 290 were married; 70 cohabiting; 30 separated; ten legally separated and 40 unknown.

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One half of Hollywood’s golden couple sings Galway’s praises after trip



Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello and his chihuahua Bubbles, with Fergus Lally of Galway’s Celtic Chauffeurs at the Cliffs of Moher.

He may be married to the highest paid actress in the world, but that did not stop Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello savouring the best that Galway had to offer – hailing the people, the cheese, chocolate and salmon during his trip west.

The American actor, who played stripper Big Dick Richie in Steven Soderbergh’s box office hit Magic Mike, was not joined by Modern Family’s Sofía Vergara until a week later on his trip around Cork.

But he did ring his wife of six years in the US while exploring the countryside of south Galway and Clare with guide, Fergus Lally, who had picked him and his chihuahua Bubbles up from the Glenlo Abbey Hotel in Bushypark on the city’s edge.

“I had a great time with him. I brought him to the Cliffs of Moher and along the way we stopped off at the Hazel Mountain Chocolate factory, the cheese shop at the Aillwee Caves and he had a tasting at the Burren Smoke House in Lisdoonvarna,” reveals Fergus.

“He had an amazing time tasting all the foods. The back of the car was full – everybody did well out of him. He was blown away with the places I brought him. He loved the history of the Corcomroe Abbey and Dunguaire Castle in Kinvara. He was a great guy. I was delighted to drive him. The two of us just clicked.”

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Covid-19 outbreak compounds UHG crisis



UHG's Emergency Department.

As Government applied the brakes on the planned full reopening of society this Friday, the West’s largest public hospital remained in a state of crisis – dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks, large numbers of patients and lengthy wait times in its Emergency Department and postponed elective procedures.

An outbreak of Covid-19 at University Hospital Galway (UHG) was having a significant impact on critical care services, Saolta University Healthcare Group has warned.

UHG confirmed it was dealing with Covid-19 outbreaks on two wards of the city hospital. A further two wards were being used exclusively to treat Covid positive cases.

This was impacting other patients – elective procedures were postponed at UHG this week due a lack of beds.

On Monday, 41 patients with Covid-19 were being treated in UHG compared with 19 the same day last week.

Portiuncula was treating eight Covid positive patients on Monday, twice as many as last week.

There were two Covid patients in ICU in Ballinasloe and six in ICU in UHG; there were four in ICU in total at both hospitals last week.

Saolta said that people presenting at the Emergency Department in UHG were experiencing long waiting times.

“The hospital has seen a significant increase in patients presenting to the hospital and many of these patients are very sick and need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment.

“As a result of the ongoing pressures and lack of bed capacity a number of elective procedures are being postponed. Patients are being contacted directly if their procedure is being postponed,” Saolta said.

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Galway lecturer’s transatlantic story of Boston dynasty and Irish roots



Larry Donnelly, with the Bostonian, on the grounds of NUI Galway.

Of all the transatlantic cultural differences that greeted Bostonian Larry Donnelly on arrival in Galway, the search for a clean towel in something called a hot press left him puzzled and perplexed most of all. He also came to quickly realise that Hoover had so conquered the vacuum cleaner market that the brand name had become a verb.

But the Boston-born son of an Irish father and Scottish mother – from a famed American political dynasty with roots firmly embedded in Galway and the west – found infinitely more that united his old and new home than divided them.

His voice is familiar to radio listeners from his frequent analysis of American politics; his thoughts are already well-known to readers of his weekly column in – and law students at NUIG have benefited from his expertise in that field on both sides of the Atlantic.

He spent a fair portion of lockdown writing the Bostonian, a biography in part – not just his own, but of his family and his uncle, US Congressman Brian Donnelly (the man forever synonymous with the Donnelly Visas) in particular.

Typical of him, he rarely puts himself centre-stage but what he succeeds in doing is putting his life, his work and his journey into context. He was a man with roots on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean long before he ever made the journey to live here.

The photo on the cover of the Bostonian sets out the stall for the book, uniting uncle and nephew in an iconic pic; US Congressman Brian Donnelly marching in the 1983 Dorchester Day Parade in Boston – and an eight-year-old Larry Donnelly in the baseball cap looking up in wonderment.

“I’d always intended it to be a book about more than me. I particularly wanted it to be the story of Brian’s political career because that deserves to be told – but I didn’t think he would allow that to happen, because he has always loathed the limelight,” he says.

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