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Major national Traveller survey publishes Connacht findings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Connacht findings of a major national Traveller survey on issues such as education, health and culture have been published this afternoon.
The survey was carried out by Behaviors and Attitudes Market Research in association with a national committee of Traveller organisations.

Key areas of focus for the study were health, education, identity, accommodation, employment, Traveller culture and relationships with the settled community.
It aimed to analyze not just the attitudes of Travellers to these topics – but also the perception of Travellers by Irish adults.
The findings for Connacht have been published this afternoon.
The study found that across the west/north-west, 90 percent of Travellers have been affected by suicide – considerably higher than the national average.
80 percent also reported experiencing discrimination – and Gardai were identified as the main source of discrimination, followed by bar staff and shop staff.
Meanwhile, almost half of Travellers in the west experienced mental health concerns – a situation that was higher in females and those living in private rented accommodation or shared housing.
63 percent further said they had concerns for their health based on diet and lifestyle factors such as exercise, passive activities and food choices.
Education was another key focus of the national study – and researchers found that just over 60 percent of Travellers in Connacht/Ulster completed their leaving cert, a considerable improvement on the national average.
70 percent of Travellers in the region also felt that their children were supported in school – the highest figure nationwide.
However, Travellers in the west region reported being significantly less concerned with unemployment compared to the national average.
However, 50 percent reported they are working, which is higher than the national average – and the vast majority believe employment is improving for the community in recent years.
The study found that Travellers in Connacht also tend to spend longer periods of time living in the same location compared to the national average – and are less likely to travel around.
Overall, 80 percent of Travellers in the region were satisfied with their lives – while the same number felt the community is adapting its behavior to fit in.
Meanwhile, the study found that just 3 in 10 Irish adults expressed a positive opinion of Travellers – while Travellers and Roma scored lowest in a survey of 12 cultural and ethnic groups.

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Refusal of Clifden housing development appealed to An Bord Pleanala

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The refusal of a housing development in Clifden has been appealed to An Bord Pleanala.

The project, led by TML Properties, would see 27 homes constructed at St. Anne’s Road on the north side of the town.

County planners turned down the proposals in October, citing concerns over the potential impact on the local habitat.

That decisions been appealed to An Bord Pleanala, with a decision due in March.

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TD Mairéad Farrell calls for an election in place of planned Taoiseach handover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairéad Farrell is calling for an election, instead of the planned handover between Michael Martin and Leo Varadkar.

On December 17th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will return to the Taoiseach position, taking over from Micheal Martin, as part of the planned cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she thinks voters need to have their say:

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Enquiries ongoing following road collision in Claregalway last night

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí attended to a road traffic collision in Claregalway last night at around 10.15pm.

A car collided with a wall on the Tuam Road.

The driver received non-serious injuries and was attended to by ambulance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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