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Minister to attend city business meeting on rising insurance costs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister for Financial Services and Insurance will be in the city tomorrow to attend a meeting with Galway businesses on the cost of insurance.
The visit comes amid growing fears among small businesses nationwide that they’ll be forced to close as as result of rapidly increasing costs.

In recent weeks, the Dáil has heard that many businesses across the west are on the ‘verge of collapse’ due to spiraling insurance costs.
The Taoiseach was warned by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish that the cost of insurance is the number one reason that small businesses are facing closure.
Deputy Grealish also advised Leo Varadkar that the Government should establish a Financial Conduct Authority to oversee the insurance industry as a matter of priority.
However, businesses across Galway have already fired the first shots in the war against rising insurance costs, ahead of any possible Government intervention.
In January, it was revealed that Galway Businessman Pat McDonagh would spearhead a new campaign from the newly revived Alliance for Insurance Reform.
In the past, the grouping was instrumental in bringing about significant changes – including the setting up of the Injuries Board, and the introduction of legislation making it an offence to lie in a personal injuries case.
Minister for Financial Services and Insurance, Michael D’Arcy, will now meet with Galway businesses at a high level event in the city tomorrow.
He’ll be accompanied by officials from the Department of Finance – and top of the agenda will be what steps the Government is taking to address the situation.
The meeting will take place at the Portershed at Eyre Square tomorrow afternoon at 12.30.

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HSE criticised over lack of home help hours across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE is being criticised over a considerable shortfall in home help hours across Galway.

The matter was raised by Councillor Declan McDonnell at this week’s meeting of the Health Forum West.

He wanted to know how many people are awaiting home help hours and if there is a staff shortfall in providing these hours.

In response, it was acknowledged that the HSE is currently ‘challenged’ in sourcing carers for home support clients in some rural areas.

It was also confirmed that 39 clients are currently on the waiting list across Galway for home support.

Councillor McDonnell says even those who ARE getting home help at present, are often barely getting an hour per day – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Ahmadiyya Muslim Association to host webinar on community cohesion during COVID-19

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The Ahmadiyya Muslim Association of Ireland is to host a webinar discussing community cohesion during COVID-19.

The online event will bring a number of key speakers together to discuss various issues around COVID-19 and the need for community resilience.

These include, Minister for Public Health Frank Feighan, Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell and Assistant Garda Commissioner Paula Hilman.

The webinar will be streamed live on YouTube this Saturday, 28th November, at 5:00 pm.

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Over 1100 COVID-19 tests carried out in Galway last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,100 COVID-19 tests were carried out in Galway last week.

966 of these were carried out at the Carnmore testing base at the former Galway Airport site.

154 were completed at the testing base at the NUIG campus.

The volume of tests has significantly reduced in recent weeks when compared to early November when 2,400 tests were carried out.

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