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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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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.

Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.

His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.

Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.

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County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.

The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.

Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.

Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.

Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.

Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.

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East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.

The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.

Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.

East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.

Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.

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