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Minister commends Galway community spirit following flooding crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Social Protection has commended the people of Galway for their community spirit in rallying together following the flooding of recent weeks.

Joan Burton says significant investment will be needed in rural roads and at piers along the Galway coastline.

She says the impact of such heavy rainfall is a key focus for Government at present with another meeting scheduled at cabinet level on Tuesday.

The Labour Minister says her Department is providing help to struggling families and working with organisations such as St. Vincent De Paul.

While visiting Galway this week she told Galway Bay fm news that the local community should be proud of its resilience following severe flood damage.

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Galway TD calls for mediator to be appointed to resolve impasse over special needs education

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway East TD is calling for a mediator to be appointed to resolve the impasse over special needs education.

Deputy Sean Canney argues there is too much public rhetoric and not enough solutions being presented.

He says children and their parents are at their ‘wits end’ and have been given too many false dawns over the last two weeks.

His comments come as opposition parties have questioned the ability of Education Minister Norma Foley to oversee the re-opening of schools.

It also emerged this morning that talks between teachers unions and the department on the return of special education is not expected to resume until Monday, despite the Taoiseach saying it’s a priority.

Independent Deputy Canney claims parents are being left in the dark while the Minister and unions clash on the airwaves.

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House Prices in Galway City and County rise by four per cent on last year

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – House prices in Galway City and county have risen by 3-4 percent on last year according to a report published today in the Irish Independent.

The 2021 “How Much Is Your House Worth?” report from the Irish Independent surveyed real estate agents on current house price estimates.

Property values rose by 3 per cent across the country last year due to strong demand and a lack of supply.

In Galway City, the survey showed an increase of 4 percent with an expectation of another rise of 4 per cent in 2022.

House prices in the county have also increased by 4 per cent but according to Mark Keenan were much more affordable compared to the city. He also said that there was a lot of interest from outside of the country.

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Galway TD tells Dáil businesses struggling to access Covid-19 supports

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway TD has told the Dáil that some small businesses are struggling to access the Government’s Covid-19 support funds.

Deputy Ciaran Cannon said the situation is due to the way they were initially designed as an emergency response to the pandemic.

Addressing Tanaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Cannon said many businesses are finding it exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to access the funds

Speaking in response, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said they’re constantly reviewing the situation – and new schemes are being developed.

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