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Nearly three quarters of funding allocated to Galway under 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme remains unspent

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Nearly three quarters of funding allocated to Galway under the 2018 Town and Village Renewal Scheme remains unspent.

That’s according to Fianna Fáil Roscommon-Galway TD Eugene Murphy who says the government is not delivering on its promises to communities in the county.

The Town and Village Renewal Scheme is an initiative under the Government’s Action Plan for Rural Development to rejunevate rural towns and villages throughout Ireland.

Deputy Murphy says information received by his party shows a national underspend of €20 million in the town and village renewal scheme over 2017 and 2018.

The figures also show Galway received only 28 per cent of its allocated funding in 2018.

Deputy Murphy has slammed the government claiming there’s a major difference between announcement of funding allocations and what’s actually delivered.

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European Youth Parliament to gather in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

The European Youth Parliament will gather in Galway this weekend for its Connacht-Ulster session.

Young people from across the North-West will discuss the protection of the future of the EU while dealing with issues like globalisation and the rise of radical nationalism.

St Joseph’s Patrician College will host the three-day educational event and Tim Hayes, Political Reporter from the European Commission Representation in Ireland will speak at the opening ceremony.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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Galway Chamber joins call for greater government investment in regional airports

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Galway Chamber of Commerce has joined other regional business leaders in calling for greater government support for regional airports.

Representatives of the western and midwest business community met with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar this week to highlight the importance of international connectivity via regional airports in order to achieve regional economic growth.

Presidents of Galway, Limerick, Ennis and Shannon Chambers together with the Limerick Chamber Chief Economist and CEO gathered at Government Buildings to discuss the findings of the recently published Copenhagen Economics report, against the backdrop of Brexit.

The report points to the impact that strategic business routes can have on regional economic growth.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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Galway anti-racism network to hold discussion next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Anti-Racism Network will host a discussion next week, on challenging racism in all its forms.

The public event will give a platform to people who have experienced racism and will provide the general population with a toolkit on how to combat racism.

Speakers on the night will include a resident from one of the city’s direct provision centres, a member of the Travelling community, and a young Muslim person who will discuss their experiences of living in Galway.

The talk is designed to educate the audience on the general themes of anti-racism.

The event will take place in the Harbour Hotel, next Tuesday 26th November at 7pm.

Spokesperson for GARN Joe Loughnane says the discussion help will people identify and deal with racism – for more on this story tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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