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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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Jadotville veterans gather in Galway city for 60th anniversary of famous siege

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Veterans of the Siege of Jadotville will gather in Galway City later today to mark the 60th anniversary of the infamous Congo battle.

A small contingent of Irish troops serving as part of the United Nations Operation in the Congo were besieged in the mining town of Jadotville on the 13th September 1961by Katangese forces.

The Irish soldiers resisted attacks for five days but were eventually forced to surrender and held as prisoners of war before being released.

A wreath laying ceremony will take place at the Memorial Garden of Renmore Barracks this afternoon at 3pm to mark the 60th anniversary of the final day of the siege, with 8 Jadotville veterans expected to attend.

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City councillors pave way for Aldi development at derelict site on Monivea Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have paved the way for an Aldi development at a site on the Monivea Road that has been derelict for almost 20 years.

The site is a brownfield one that has previously been excavated, following the demolition of Comer Machinery in 2005.

German retailer Aldi has applied for planning permission on the site, however a considerable portion of the land that would be used for car parking is zoned industrial.

This means councillors have to approve the contravention of the Galway City Development Plan to allow it to be used for retail purposes.

At this week’s meeting of Galway City Council, there was widespread agreement that it was a very positive development, and the vote was passed unanimously in favour.

This mean the proposed development can go ahead in principle with no changes to the zoning of the land.

Aldi Ireland says it hopes to start construction in 2022, and to open the new €9 million store in Autumn 2023.

It says 30 new permanent jobs will be created when the store opens, while up to 50 jobs will be supported during the construction phase.

Councillor Declan McDonnell says after being just a “hole in the ground” for almost 20 years, there’s now a huge opportunity for development.

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1,413 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A further 1,413 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

The five-day moving average stands at 1,395 – down almost 100 on two weeks ago.

Monaghan, Donegal and Louth have the highest 14-day incidence rates in the country.

There are 290 patients being treated for the virus in hospital, a drop of two since yesterday, while the number being treated in ICU has increased two to 67.

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