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McDonalds hits back at Galway headquartered Supermacs in long running EU expansion battle

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a fresh development in Pat McDonagh’s long running battle to expand the Supermac’s brand to mainland Europe.
Rival firm McDonalds has lodged a new submission with the EU – as it seeks to once again block his latest attempt.
Tune in to Galway Bay fm news for more details…..

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Galway 2020 secures extension to run events online into April

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway 2020 has secured an extension of its European Capital of Culture designation to allow some events to be showcased in April.

In light of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, Galway 2020 says it secured an additional month so its programme of events can continue online.

The cultural committee says the extension was sought in order to allow projects to have the audiences they deserve after years of preparation.

Some of the projects set to be hosted in April will now include The Mighty Ocean by Máirtín O’Connor, Wires Crossed by Galway Community Circus, Rise with Baboró International Arts Festival for Children among many others.

Galway 2020 says it will continue to review the public health guidelines on an ongoing basis and work closely with the Department of Arts and cultural partners to ensure compliance with prevailing public health guidelines to ensure the viable delivery of the projects.

CEO of Galway 2020 Patricia Philbin says the extension will give artists every opportunity to showcase their work.

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Over 25,300 PUP claims paid out in Galway this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Enhanced Illness Benefit State supports are to be extended until the end of June.

The two schemes, introduced as a direct response to the Pandemic, were due to expire at the end of March.

In Galway, just over 25,300 people will receive the PUP support this week.

The number of people in Galway who have been medically certified for receipt of the Enhanced Illness Benefit support this week stands at 7,981.

Dublin is the county with the highest number of people who are receiving PUP this week at over 148,000.

This is followed by Cork with over 48,100 and Galway with over 25,300.

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Watermain works across Galway save almost 20 million litres of water per day

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Watermain works across the city and county since 2014 have resulted in savings of almost 20 million litres of water per day.

Figures from Irish Water state over 73 kilometres of old and damaged pipes have been replaced or upgraded across Galway in recent years.

In Galway city, the greatest savings came from public leaks and defects discovered through the ‘Find and Fix’ scheme – which has resulted in savings of 7.4 million litres of water every day.

A further 1.4 million litres have been saved daily through the ‘First Fix Free’ scheme in recent years.

Other savings came from the replacement of problematic water mains and pressure management works.

Meanwhile, in the county, public leaks and defects remedied under the ‘Find and Fix’ Scheme have led to daily savings of 4 million litres of water since 2014.

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