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No NAMA homes in county transferred for social housing

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – No NAMA properties identified for social housing in the county have been taken over by the County Council.
According to today’s Irish Independent, 98 properties in the county were flagged by NAMA as being suitable for social housing.
While the County Council confirmed there is demand for 40 of the properties, no transfers have taken place.
In the city, 152 properties were identified for possible social housing and the City Council expressed an interest in all of them.
So far 60 of the city homes have been transferred to local authority ownership.
Nationally, only 10 percent of NAMA properties identified for social housing have been taken over.
2 thousand 700 properties had to be taken off the table because Councils were too slow to take them over or refused them because of lack of demand in certain areas

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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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Petition to restore Galway-Dublin 20-X20 service gathers almost 1,400 signatures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A petition to restore the Bus Eireann Galway-Dublin 20-X20 Expressway service has gathered almost 1,400 signatures.

The service – which served Craughwell, Loughrea, Aughrim and Ballinasloe – was axed by the semi-state firm following a viability review.

Bus Eireann says the route was not state-subsidised and the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining expressway services.

The move has been fiercely opposed by local politicians who claim it is a contradiction of Government policy on providing public transport options to reduce vehicle congestion on our roads.

A petition created by Sinn Fein on website Change.org, calling for the service to be restored, has now gathered almost 1,400 signatures over the past week.

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