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Majority of Galway single mothers are in their early 30s

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The majority of Galway’s unmarried mothers are in their early 30s.
The latest figures from the CSO reveal that of the 3,500 babies born to parents across Galway last year, over 1000 were born to an unmarried couple.
There was just over 1,700 baby girls and 1,700 baby boys born across the city and county during 2016.
39 mothers were under the age of 20, while over 300 were over the age of 40.
The most popular age for giving birth across Galway is between the ages of 30 and 24.
The CSO Vital Statistics report for 2016 also reveals the number of deaths registered across Galway.
1,180 deaths were registered in the county last year, while a further 342 were registered in the city.
Circulatory diseases are the biggest killer across Galway, followed by cancer.
During 2016, 19 suicides were registered in the city and county – 13 males and 6 females.

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Two working groups established to address anti-social behaviour in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two working groups have been established to address anti-social behaviour and estate management issues in Tuam.

The County Council says the estate management team will support residents associations to work on estates and common areas.

Meanwhile, the anti-social behaviour group is looking at CCTV options and possible exclusion orders for people from particular estates.

The Local Authority has confirmed that both groups are now meeting and working on a number of initiatives in estates including the STEER estate, Parkmore and Tirboy.

Local Fianna Fáil Councillor Colm Keaveney sits on the anti-social behaviour group, while Fine Gael Councillor Andrew Reddington is set to lead a separate taskforce dedicated to youth outreach in the district.

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GMIT research aims to help parkinson’s patients with medication routines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Postgraduate students from GMIT are working with the Galway Parkinson’s Association and local medtech firm Synecco to find new ways to assist parkinson’s patients and their families with medication routines.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological disorder but the symptoms can be effectively controlled over many years with medication.

Each person with the disease has an individualised medication regime depending upon age, physical state, and the level of disease.

15 GMIT students have been working with Synecco and the Galway Parkinson’s Association since January as part of the college’s master’s degree in Design and Innovation.

Their work focuses on developing a medication compliance system.

The group will host an exhibition in December to showcase their solutions.

GMIT Head of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Dr Carine Gachon says the part-time industry focused programme is designed to upskill students for leadership roles in design and innovation and enhance the participant organisation’s capacity to innovate in products, services, and processes.

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Councillors approve plan for €180 thousand spend on Athenry-Oranmore projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillors in the Athenry-Oranmore municipal district have approved a plan to spend €180 thousand on a number of projects in the area.

The funding is a once-off allocation from central Government recently awarded to each municipal district for local projects.

The fund of €180 thousand meant each councillor in the Athenry-Oranmore area was given just short of €26 thousand to allocate to a local project of their choosing.

Councillors Shelly Herterich Quinn, Gabe Cronnelly and Albert Dolan put forward a unified list of projects that were accepted under the scheme.

Traffic calming measures are to be installed in Athenry at the junction of Swan Gate, Old Church Street and Clarke Street – while disabled parking bays in the town are to be repainted in blue.

In Monivea, a new path is to be provided at the Stables Estate, and a pedestrian crossing will be installed from the village to Monivea Woods.

Road safety measures will also be installed at Coldwood National School.

Councillor Jim Cuddy allocated his funding towards a new cemetery for Claregalway – while Councillor James Charity devoted his share entirely to the development costs of Annaghdown Playground.

Councillor Liam Carroll used his share of the €180 thousand fund to support the construction of a new footpath in Oranmore between the Church and the Limerick Road t-junction.

While a submission from newly elected Cathaoirleach Councillor David Collins will see his funding go towards the provision of public lighting in Lackagh.

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