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Major step forward in 20 year campaign for South Connemara fire station

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The 20 year campaign to provide a fire station in the South Connemara region has taken a huge step forward.

Galway County Council has agreed to allocate 30 thousand euro in its 2014 budget towards the service.

The motion, put forward by Connemara Councillor Seosamh O’ Laoi, provides that the funding facilitate the council in advancing a suitable site or an existing building to accommodate a retained fire station in An Cheathru Rua/ Cashla.

Councillor Tim Broderick later questioned the validity of the motion, and guaranteeing such funding before the county council holds its budget meeting on Monday.

However, he decided against proposing a counter motion.

Last month, Environment Minister Phil Hogan called on the county council to show real commitment if his Department was to consider funding a fire service in South Connemara.

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294 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 here.

39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 14 in 24 hours.

It’s the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st.

While 13 people are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

There are no local figures available due to continuing issues relating to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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Online survey launched on future development of Oranmore area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online survey has been launched to find out what improvements the public in Oranmore want to see in the village and the surrounding areas.

The document has been commissioned by the MÓR Action group which is looking for people of all ages to have their say on the future development of community spaces.

The local group says once all the responses are gathered they’ll be presented to the County Council and elected representatives.

MÓR Action has confirmed that the survey was developed because the County Council said it was finding it difficult to engage with the community due to the diverse range of groups and interests in Oranmore.

It comes as Oranmore was recently awarded €100,000 in Council funding for public realm enhancements in the village.

A link for the survey is available on MÓR Action’s social media accounts and it will remain open until July 16.

The group’s spokesperson Caroline Rowan says the survey gives locals the chance to have their say on how the public realm funding can be best used in the community.

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1,400 fewer people claiming PUP in Galway this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,400 fewer people will claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Galway this week.

13,218 people will receive the payment today – compared to 14,683 this day last week.

It comes as the number of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment nationwide is at its lowest level since last October.

Just over 244,000 people received the payment today, which is 23,000 fewer than last week.

The payment will close to new applicants at the end of this month.

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