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Mixed trends for unemployment in Galway city and county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Unemployment in Galway is showing different trends in several areas.
Overall there was an increase of 211 on the Live Register for Galway in the month of May, compared to April, bringing the figure to 19 thousand 865 out of work.
This is despite some areas of the county showing a drop in unemployment.
The biggest increase in unemployment last month was in the city, where 308 more people signed on the Live Register.
The unemployment figure for the city is now just over 10 thousand.
Tuam also saw a slight increase in its jobless figure last month, with an extra 35 people signing on.
There are now just over 3 thousand people out of work in Tuam.
However bucking this trend were Ballinasloe, Clifden, Gort and Loughrea.
In Clifden 46 people came off the Live Register leaving just over a thousand people without jobs.
In Gort, 34 people came off the Live Register in May, leaving its jobless figure at just over 13 hundred.
Ballinasloe saw a decrease of 30 in its unemployment figure last month, leaving it at just over 2 thousand 250.
The area that saw the smallest decrease in unemployment last month was Loughrea, where 22 people came off the Live Register.
Loughrea’s unemployment figure now stands at just over 2 thousand 100.
Overall there are 19 thousand 865 people out of work in Galway, a decrease of almost 10 percent on the same period last year.

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European Commission confirms daily fines against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm will cease

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The European Commission has confirmed that daily fines being applied against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm in South Galway will cease.

The State has reached agreement with the European Commission to cease fines of 15 thousand euro a day relating to the ESB-owned wind farm

The sanctions were imposed as a result of Ireland’s failure to ensure environmental standards were upheld at the facility on the Slieve Aughty mountains.

The State has, over the years, paid more than €17 million to the commission, due to the breaches.

The final sum due to be paid is €1,245,000.

Operations at Derrybrien ended this time last year, after An Bord Pleanála refused an application for substitute consent at the site.

This meant the project was considered an unauthorised development.

The company subsequently announced that it would decommission the site.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news the Dept of Housing says the exact details in relation to decommissioning and site restoration are a matter for Galway County Council and the owner

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Galway’s CONNOLLY favourite for Ireland’s Eurovision song choice with decision due tonight

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 19 year old Connemara artist CONNOLLY is the favourite heading into tonight’s Late Late show vote for Eurovision song.

Six songs are taking part in the Eurosong vote on RTÉ One from 9:35PM, all vying to become Ireland’s entry for the 2023 competition being held in Liverpool this May.

The latest betting odds are placing Lettermullen singer, Jennifer Connolly and her song Midnight Summer Night 11/8 favourite ahead of Wild Youth on 5/2.

The winner will be chosen after the public vote is added to the scores from both a national jury and an international jury.

Jennifer told Galway Bay FM’s breakfast show Mollie in the Morning how she came to be among the six acts:

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Senator claims barriers to Galway Ring Road will cause huge implications for other infrastructure projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local senator Ollie Crowe is claiming that the barriers facing the Galway Ring Road will result in huge implications for other infrastructure projects.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Fianna Fáil Senator is slamming the current road network in Galway as “not fit for purpose” and says the ring road is a “substantial piece of the jigsaw” to fix that.

Senator Crowe outlines how he believes the Climate Action Plan will cause more problems down the line:

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