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Merits and demerits of fat tax explored at NUIG conference on obesity

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tackling obesity should be one of the top public health priorities in Ireland.

That’s according to Professor John Cawley of Cornell University who was one of the key speakers addressing an expert conference on obesity at NUIG today.

Professor Cawley says there is a 23 percent prevalence of obesity in Ireland today – significantly lower than the US at 36 percent.

However he says behaviour change is only possible if economic policy is introduced which makes it easier to make key lifestyle changes involving diet and physical activity levels.

The merits and demerits of a ‘fat tax’ and how it has fared in other countries were also debated in detail today.

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Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin

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Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.

The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.

She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.

A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.

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Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.

The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.

It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.

However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.

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Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year

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Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.

874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.

Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.

The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.

The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.

Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.

That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.

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