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Nama assets may provide housing boost for Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Nama’s assets in Galway may be included in a new drive to boost the national housing supply.
According to today’s Irish Times, the National Asset Management Agency plans to intensify its lending activities as it works to completely dispose of its assets by 2018.
The government has pledged to take new steps to tackle the housing shortage particularly in Dublin, but it’s expected that Galway, Limerick and Cork could also benefit from the move.
A major review of Nama will today recommend the agency should focus more on delivering residential housing.
The plan would see Nama provide more development financing to viable developers and make up for the continued shortfall in bank lending.
The review will also recommend Nama continue in existence, despite speculation that it could be wound up early, because foreign investors have shown interest in acquiring its massive property book.

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Galway TD says Government must stop “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East TD says the Government must stop the “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines before they lose public trust.

It follows the fallout of an event organised by Katherine Zappone which was attended by 50 people including the Tanaiste.

The attorney-general has said outdoor parties of 200 people are allowed – but the hospitality sector and politicians point out this was not known or communicated.

Deputy Sean Canney says the mixed messaging going on is unacceptable and a degree of common sense is what’s needed.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan, he said the Government needs to give a single, unified message to the public.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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Ryanair investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding 8 new routes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ryanair is investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding eight new routes there.

It’s part of the airline’s recovery for the facility after the pandemic.

The majority of the new services will run in the winter, and will include flights to Corfu, Gran Canaria, Budapest and Birmingham in England.

The airline is now calling on the Government to implement the recommendations of the Aviation Taskforce, which includes a new National Aviation Policy.

The Shannon Group has welcomed the investment, and committment, saying it’s an important step on the road to recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ryanair also says its pre-pandemic service hasn’t returned at Cork Airport due to a lack of incentives.

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Participants sought for NUIG study on seafood packaging

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Participants are being sought for a NUI Galway study on seafood packaging and waste management.

The study is part of an EU project which supports the sustainable development of the seafood sector in the Atlantic area.

Ireland has one of the lowest levels of consumption of seafood in Western Europe with very different consumption patterns that produce a lot of packaging.

Ireland tends to consume, on average, higher portions of packaged or frozen seafood, while other European countries lean towards fresh seafood.

The study at NUI Galway aims to understand Irish consumers knowledge of seafood packaging and waste management and how they compare to findings in Spain and Portugal.

Ultimately, the results will be used to help guide public policy that will promote efficient use of seafood packaging.

Participants are being sought for the study, which involves online questionnaires that take approximately 10 minutes – further information is available on the NUI Galway website.

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