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Over 25000 people experiencing food poverty in County Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 25000 people in the county are currently experiencing food poverty.

That’s according to figures released today by trade unions Mandate and Unite.

The unions are calling on the government to provide support to organisations giving food assistance to people around the country, so that they can meet the demand on their services this Christmas.

Food poverty is defined as someone having to miss a meal in the last fortnight because of a lack of money- and the newly unemployed, single parents and pensioners are thought to be most at risk.

The unions are asking that the government provide ‘immediate aid’ of ten million euro to organisations offering food assistance, and to reverse cuts to low income groups in the new year.

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Macnas to welcome special visitor over Halloween

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway is set to welcome a unique visitor over the Halloween weekend.

Macnas have announced that they are expecting the giant CON MÓR to emerge from the River Corrib.

Giant expert Marjorie Morrigan identified CON MÓR, a member of the Irish legends, Tuatha Dé Danann, as originating from an Island of Giants off the coast of Connaught.

CON MÓR was known to love all things nature, especially birds. Spectators are encouraged to bring feathers for CON MÓR when going to see him.

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, tells us what we can expect from the giant,

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First block laid in expansion at Western Alzheimers Respite Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The first block has been laid today on a major multi-million euro expansion at the Western Alzheimers Centre in Ballindine.

The new complex will increase the number of beds from 12 to 20, and provide improve communal resident and visitor areas.

David Nevin has more.

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HSE considering new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The HSE has expressed interest in creating new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor Declan McDonnell, who queried if it was under active consideration.

The HSE executive confirmed it was something they are mindful of, noting a particular need for a lighted junction as the hospital gets busier.

Councillor McDonnell feels it’s something that’s needed sooner rather than later.

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