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New report suggests Galway’s hospitality sector vulnerable to a hard Brexit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s drinks and hospitality businesses are highly vulnerable to a hard or ‘no deal’ Brexit.
That’s according to a new report published today by the Drinks Industry Group of Ireland.
Hospitality work in Galway, which includes pubs, hotels, B&Bs and restaurants accounts for almost 7,500 jobs – 6.8 percent of all employment in the county.
Hospitality accounts for 9.5 percent of all employment in the West of Ireland compared to 8 percent in Dublin.
DCU Associate Professor of Economics Anthony Foley says an economic shock like Brexit could hit jobs in certain areas, you can hear him on The Galway News@1…

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NUIG study finds using mobile gambling for social interaction can lead to problem gambling

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An NUIG study has found engaging in mobile gambling for social interaction can lead to problem gambling.

The research by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics was based on a global sample of 327 people who use gambling apps on a weekly basis.

The study focused specifically on mobile gambling, whereby people gamble online using their smartphones through specially designed apps and websites.

It found that mobile gambling differs from more traditional forms of gambling due to its constant accessibility.

Researchers state that using gambling apps to facilitate social interaction and avoid boredom are key motivations for problem gamblers, but not for non-problem gamblers.

Lead author of the study, Dr Eoin Whelan says the pandemic and the lockdowns that followed have led to a surge in people gambling through their smartphones.

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Backlog of 467 applications for primary medical certificate await assessment in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 467 applications for a primary medical certificate are waiting to be assessed in the Galway, Roscommon and Mayo area.

A primary medical cert is required to qualify for the disabled driver’s tax and VRT exemptions.

Figures provided by the HSE to Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv reveal 181 such applications were processed in full in the West last year.

Nationwide, 1,858 applications are waiting to be assessed with 1,273 completed in 2020.

In the response to Deputy O’Cuiv’s parliamentary question, the HSE says there are challenges in some areas in progressing assessments due to the redeployment of medical officers to the COVID vaccine programme and the management of outbreaks in residential care facilities.

It adds the HSE is currently revising its service recovery and restoration plans.

Deputy O’Cuiv says the delay is causing significant stress and worry to applicants with many in the West waiting for feedback since last March.

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Listen: Killtullagh’s Saoirse Ruane learns to ride her bike again

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Galway Bay fm news – Kiltullagh native Saoirse Ruane – star of last year’s Toy Show – has gone viral online, again!

The 9 year old has learned to cycle her bicycle again using a specially modified bike – and has shared the achievement on social media.

Saoirse and her mum Rosanna spoke to FYI Galway:

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