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New city cemetery to cost up to €2m

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s been revealed a new cemetery for Galway City could cost up to €2 million.
However, despite an urgent need for space, the City Council is encountering difficulties in securing suitable land.
Meanwhile, the local authority is set to undertake works to extend Rahoon Cemetery early next year.
For a considerable time, the City Council has been seeking lands to accommodate a new cemetery within the city boundaries.
At this week’s meeting of the local authority, City CEO Brendan McGrath admitted it has been a difficult process and there is now an urgent need to secure new land.
Testing is currently being carried out on three identified sites – while a number of potential sites have already been ruled out due to unsuitable ground conditions.
It’s estimated the total cost of a new cemetery would be between €1.5 and €2 million, including the cost of land acquisition.
Meanwhile, the City Council is preparing to proceed with an extension at Rahoon Cemetery – with works to get underway in the first quarter of next year.

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Slight drop in Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a very slight drop in the number of people claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment across Galway.

25,082 people will claim the payment today – a drop of over 200 people compared to this day last week.

Nationally, almost 469 thousand people will receive the PUP payment this week, a drop of 4,500 on last week.

All employment sectors – except Electrical/Gas/Water Supply – have seen fewer people claim the payment this week.

While Accommodation and Food Service Activities remains the most supported sector, with 110 thousand people across the country receiving the PUP.

Overall, €140m will be paid into bank accounts today

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Concern over considerable drop in admission rates at Acute Mental Health Unit at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns are being raised over a considerable drop in admission rates at the Acute Mental Health Unit at UHG.

The matter has been raised at Regional Health Forum West level by Councillor John Connolly.

He notes that occupancy rates last year were down considerably, with over two thousand less patients passing through the unit compared to 2019.

He has asked if this was due to limitations on capacity as a result of Covid-19, but an immediate answer was not available.

Councillor Connolly says the sharp drop in admittals is a cause for concern and clarity is needed.

Councillor Connolly says the real issue is that people who need help could potentially be unable to access the service.

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Shannon masterplan set to see major redevelopment of Connacht Harbour in Portumna

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A masterplan for the Shannon is being unveiled today and includes a major redevelopment of Connacht Harbour in Portumna.

The Shannon tourism masterplan sets out to invest more than €70 million in visitor facilities in the Shannon river region by 2030 and aims to boost visitor numbers by 400,000 over the next 9 years.

The re-development of Connacht Harbour in Portumna would include a significant expansion of the number of mooring berths in the harbour for public use.

There would also be the addition of a canoe step for access to the Lough Derg Blueway; additional onshore facilities such as seating and picnic areas; a new cycle and walking trail linking Connacht Harbour to the town and Lough Derg Blueway.

The masterplan would also provide additional parking facilities to the existing car park and improved visual impact of the harbour by creating a sense of arrival in the town.

The project is led by Waterways Ireland with Fáilte Ireland and 10 Local Authorities along the River Shannon and Shannon-Erne Waterway.

Three key themes are identified in the plan, The Shannon, Mighty River of Ireland, Shannon Journey’s and Adventures and The Natural Timeless Shannon.

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