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LISTEN: Call for tougher approach to public drinking in city as good weather continues

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – As the good weather continues, the City Council and Gardai are being urged to take a tougher approach to public drinking.
Huge numbers of people have flocked to public spaces such as Spanish Arch and Claddagh Quay in recent days to soak up the sun – many of them with alcohol in tow.
Some argue that it’s a harmless indulgence during a rare spell of hot weather.
However, others believe the high tolerance of public drinking is a uniquely Irish phenomenon and sets a terrible example.
Grievances include high levels of litter, public urination and loud behavior that might discourage tourists from iconic public areas such as the Claddagh.
Our reporter David Nevin has been speaking to Councillor Collette Connolly about public drinking and what she believes should be done:

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Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.

He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.

But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.

Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.

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Údarás na Gaeltachta approves over 60 new jobs in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved over 60 new jobs in Connemara.

At its board meeting last evening, investment was approved in a wide range of projects in Gaeltacht regions nationwide.

Among the projects approved was a a development at Aran Biomedical in An Spidéal, whill will create 45 new jobs.

Investment was also approved for Tully-based media company Fíbín Teo, which will create 15 new jobs by 2025.

The meeting was attended by the newly appointed CEO of Údarás, Tomás O’ Síocháin.

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Anger over delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over lifetime of Government

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Fianna Fail Senator is expressing anger over the delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over the lifetime of the current Government.

Senator Ollie Crowe said it’s a completely unacceptable figure that lags far behind other urban areas like Cork or Limerick.

But Minister Malcolm Noonan said the responsibility lies with Galway City and County Councils – and suggested they need a more ambitious agenda.

Senator Crowe said whoever is to blame, it’s an unacceptable situation and some sort of action is needed.

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