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NUI Galway researchers uncover new deep-sea habitats

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Scientists at NUI Galway have discovered a new deep sea habitat living in Irish waters.

The discovery was made using the Irish deep-water remotely operated ROV vehicle.

The findings describe for the first time a vertical rock face half a mile below the seas surface covered in bivalves and corals which may be more than 200 years old.

The study led by NUIG’s Ryan Institute has been published in the international academic journal PLOS ONE.

NUI Galway Zoologist Dr Louise Allcock led the team which explored the Whittard Canyon, an undersea canyon system

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No increase to Local Property Tax in county next year

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GBFM News – There’ll be no increase to Local Property Tax for home-owners in the county next year.

The decision by councillors was taken at a meeting this afternoon – where they were urged by management to increase the rate by the maximum allowance of 15 percent.

It was argued it’s necessary to bring in an extra €2m to the local authority, which is struggling to make ends meet due to historical under-funding from central Government.

But councillors rejected the argument, saying it shouldn’t be on the ordinary person to make up the shortfall.

Councillor Joe Byrne also told David Nevin there’s no appetite for increasing the tax at a time when people are struggling.

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Do Not Consume Water notice for Spiddal area in place until next week

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Irish Water say a Do Not Consume warning for people living in the Spiddal area of Galway will remain in place until next week.

The notice was first issued on September 16th due to increased levels of manganese in the supply and affects around 5,700 people.

The utility says they are currently flushing the Spiddal Public Water network and new samples will be taken early next week to determine if the water is safe to drink.

Officials are advising that boiling the water will not reduce the level of manganese and the water should not be consumed in any form.

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Galway school build first miniboat to set sail in South Atlantic

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A miniboat that was built and decorated by students in Scoil Bhride in Lackaigh has become the first-ever miniboat to set sail in the South Atlantic ocean.

Spiorad na Gaillimhe was deployed from a research vessel belonging to the Alfred-Wegener Institute as it sailed between Germany and South Africa.

It set off along with three other miniboats from Spain, Germany and South Africa, adding to the 18 Educational Passages boats that are currently sailing around the world’s oceans.

Speaking to Galway Talks, University of Galway’s Senior Oceanography Technician for Earth and Sciences Sheena Fennell explained the benefits of the project:

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