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Minister committs to tackling unemployment in Tuam

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Labour Activation has committed to tackling unemployment in Tuam.
Minister Kevin Humphries visited the town this afternoon as part of a tour of local Community Employment schemes around the country.
The Minister also visited Headford Community Association and the Dunmore Parish Community Employment Scheme, where 55 participants are involved in community employment schemes.
Minister Humphries said that the enthusiasm and hard work displayed by Headford and Dunmore in community projects is a model that could be used in the rest of the country.
In Tuam, the Minister visited the Tuam District Mental Health Association CE Scheme, Cluid Voluntary Housing Project and the Men’s Shed in the town.
He said that the CE scheme there was a ‘shining example’ of how community employment schemes give back to the community while providing participants with valuable skills.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, Minister Humphries said that he’s committed to looking at every option for Tuam, including an Intreo Center.

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Local TD fears end of COVID payment will accelerate its spread in workplaces

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD fears that the ceasing of the COVID-19 illness payment will accelerate the spread of the virus in workplaces.

Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton claims there are more than 4,000 people unable to work – after the special payment ended last Friday.

Deputy Naughton says it has resulted people receiving a disability payment from the Department of Social Protection instead.

He is calling for a proper treatment plan for long COVID and is expressing the following concerns:

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Damian Browne docks off Furbo beach after historic row

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Damian Browne has docked off Furbo beach this morning after his historic row from New York to Galway.

He arrived ashore at 1am this morning – his official homecoming will be at 11am at the Port of Galway.

After 2,686 hours at sea, or 112 days, Damian has become the first to complete the row.

Project Empower is part of a fundraising effort for National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation, Ability West, Madra and The Galway Simon Community.

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Eight Galway winners at largest food awards on the island

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Eight local producers have brought home prizes at the largest food awards on the island – the Blas na hÉireann awards.

The Galway winnners included Abbert Bailiu Teoranta, Builin Blasta Teo, Galmere Fresh Foods, Ivy House Chocolates, Kylemore Abbey & Gardens Ltd, Loughnane’s Of Galway, The Foods of Athenry and Wildfolk.

Meanwhile, Ballybrit-based Grá Chocolates scooped three awards in total – Grainne Mullins is owner and founder:

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