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Online petition for Athenry-Sligo greenway reaches over 15 thousand signatures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online petition calling for the creation of a greenway along the closed railway line between Athenry and Sligo has reached over 15,000 thousand signatures.
The Western Rail Trail campaign believes the route should be preserved as a tourism and leisure amenity until the restoration of a rail service is feasible.
For more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 12…

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Galway TD accuses Minister of “weasel words” over Mother and Baby Home Commission

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway West TD has accused the Children’s Minister of using “weasel words” during a Dáil debate on the Mother and Baby Home Commission.

Deputy Catherine Connolly made the comments after a motion was introduced, calling for the commission to be extended.

She accused Minister Roderic O’ Gorman of using “weasel words” in stating he would not oppose the motion, while failing to give any clarity on what he actually proposed to do.

Deputy Connolly argued the people who went forward and took their courage in their hands to tell their stories deserve much more than that.

She said she was not reassured by Minister O’ Gorman, and felt something was “very wrong” in his department.

Deputy Connolly said Minister O’ Gorman is not leading, and accused him of using the same “weasel words” as used in the commission’s report on Mother and Baby Homes.

Deputy Connolly said the Minister needs to take charge and give commitments on what happens next:

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NUIG Student Union supports bill to protect student renters during pandemic

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Students Union at NUI Galway is voicing its support for a new bill aimed at protecting student renters during the pandemic.

The proposed bill is supported by Sinn Fein, Social Democrats, Labour Party, Solidarity-People Before Profit and Independents for Change.

Provisions in the bill include a waiver on rent for students who cannot access their accommodation due to local lockdowns, or changes to college start or finish dates.

It also asks that students be allowed to end leases and other rental contracts early in the case of further waves or lockdowns.

Other main points include no evictions of students during the Covid-19 pandemic, and no penalties for early termination of leases for Covid related reasons.

President of the Students Union at NUI Galway, Pádraic Toomey, says students have been subjected to very unfair circumstances this year…

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Claregalway manufacturer to create 70 new jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Claregalway based manufacturer Xerotech is to create 70 new jobs.

The firm, based at Claregalway Corporate Park, will recruit the staff over the next six months.

Xerotech manufactures batteries for a wide range of uses, including defense, marine and industrial applications.

It says it is expanding due to increased demand for electrification in the non-road mobile machinery market.

This includes the acquisition of an additional 3 units at Claregalway Corporate Park, next to the current design centre.

Xerotech is also currently finalising the selection of a site in Athenry for a its European Gigafactory Complex, which will exceed 250,000sqm in its first phase.

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