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Minister for social protection to visit Galway

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The Minister for social Protection will travel to the city today for a series of enagements. (20/02)

This afternoon, Joan Burton will visit the Shantalla boat scheme at the Galway harbour, and the Galway peoples resource centre at St.Clares walk.

This evening, she will meet with staff at the Galway volunteer centre following which there will be an informal business roundtable in the city.

The Minister will complete her day in Galway by meeting with Labour party members

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Large parts of North Galway to face water outages today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of North Galway will face water disruptions today due to repair works on a major leak.

Crews are working to address a significant leak on the water main at Carheens, Belclare.

There will be disruption to a large area including Kilconly West, Ballyfruit, Garraun, Liss, Logawannia, Annaghdown, Corrandulla, Headford and Crosswood.

Works are now underway – with disruptions expected to last until 7 this evening.

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Galway information event on hosting Ukrainians families this Thursday (18/08)

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An information event on hosting Ukrainians families will take place at NUI Galway this Thursday.

The event will cover what is involved in hosting refugees, the supports available and how to sign up and pledge accommodation.

Recent CSO figures found 2,790 refugess have arrived in the county in total.

The information session takes place from 7 to 8:30PM at the Institute for Lifecourse and Society Building, Upper Newcastle Road.

It is presented by Ukrainians help Ukrainians Galway, Association of Ukrainians in Ireland, The Irish Red Cross, Doras, Irish Refugee Council and Nasc.

Registation is free and can be done on eventbrite.ie.

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Government publishes new action plan on bat species commonly found in West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has published a new action plan on the protection and conservation of a bat species commonly found in the West.

The Lesser Horseshoe Bat is found between Mayo and Co. Cork – with considerable pockets in Galway.

The Lesser horseshoe bat is 1 of 9 bat species found in Ireland, but unlike the other eight species, it has a very limited distribution.

It’s found along the west coast, with significant pockets in West and South Galway.

It’s distribution is linked with broadleaved and mixed woodland, and it mainly roosts in roofs of old houses or outhouses, stables or old cottages.

Measures under the new action plan include a range of site specific actions, such as building new habitats, predator-proofing, and repair of existing roofs and windows in existing roosts.

There’ll also be wide landscaping actions, aimed at improving connectivity between and around roosts, and boosting the availability of suitable foraging areas.

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