Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a significant rise in the number of Galway children being home-schooled over the past five years.
Figures from Child and Family Agency Tusla show there were forty eight children across the county on the home education register in 2011.
By the end of last year, that figure had risen to eighty one – an increase of seventy percent.
Nationally, the number of children being home-schooled has almost doubled – from 699 in 2011 to 1,322 in 2016.
Parents who decide to teach their children at home do not require formal qualifications but are monitored by Tusla to ensure their teaching is up to standard.
Pauline O’Reilly is from advocacy group Home Education Network Ireland.
One thousand fewer people across Galway to receive PUP this week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A thousand fewer people in Galway will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week.
There are now 14,683 people in receipt of the payment – compared to 15,684 this time last week.
Nationally, almost 18,000 fewer people will receive the PUP this week.
In total, 267,000 people will get the payment at a total cost of just under 79 million euro,
The sector with the highest number of people in receipt of the payment PUP this week is Accommodation and Food Service activities, followed by Wholesale and Retail Trade.
Business group ISME says the Pandemic Unemployment Payment is making it difficult for employers to find workers.
They are calling for the rapid reduction of the PUP , which they say is needed for the labour market to return to normal.
283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.
60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.
23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.
There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.
€1.3m funding to support live performances across Galway this summer
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost €1.3m funding has been announced to support gigs and festivals in Galway this summer.
It’s as the Government has unveiled a national allocation of €25m under The Live Performance Support Scheme.
The largest allocation of almost €200 thousand will go to the Galway Comedy Festival, to support the staging of live shows.
A further €185 has been awarded to Strange Brew Limited, towards a series a concerts to be held in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork, as well as three large outdoor events.
€182 thousand will go to popular west end venue the Róisín Dubh, for a series of live shows peformed at the venue and outdoor beer garden.
Clonbur-based Gemstone Business Consultants has been granted an allocation of €169 thousand for a number of live music performances over a weekend.
€132 thousand will support traditional live music events at the Black Gate at St. Francis Street – while a further €130 thousand has been awarded for live performances at Munroes Live.
City-based production company Milestone Inventive has been allocated €127 thousand for a number of outdoor performances of ‘Playboy of the Western World’.
€95 thousand has been granted to the well known Trad on the Prom show, while €64 thousand will support a Mike Denver plus guests sit down concert.
And just under €32 thousand will go to the CelloVision project, which blends live and pre-recorded music with unconventional video and imagery on stage.