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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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348 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 348 Covid-19 cases reported by the Department of Health.

41 people are in hospital with the virus – up 2 in 24 hours.

13 are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

It follows a warning that 90 percent of new Covid infections across the European Union by the end of August will be the Delta variant.

That’s according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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🎧 Galway TD claims “outdoor summer” too focused on take-over of public spaces for drinking

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says the Government’s “outdoor summer” has too much focus on the taking over of public spaces for the consumption of alcohol.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Catherine Connolly said there should have been a balanced reopening of all pubs and restaurants with capacity restrictions to ensure safety.

She was contributing to a debate on the need for clarity on the legality of drinking alcohol at tables outside pubs and restaurants.

It follows controversy over the fact Gardaí nationwide were told to use discretion when it comes to outdoor drinking and legal issues around licensing that have arisen.

In many cases, outlets now operating outdoor areas do not have a license to do so – in effect making the consumption of alcohol in these areas illegal.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin last evening accepted the situation is difficult for Gardaí and pledged that new laws will be brought forward shortly.

Deputy Connolly pointed out there are also bye-laws in Galway City that make public drinking illegal – which were not taken into consideration.

The issue was also debated by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv and Sinn Fein’s Louise O’ Reilly, who raised concerns over the lack of legal clarity over the situation.

Responding Minister Malcolm Noonan looked to be under pressure as both TD’s were thoroughly unimpressed with his responses.

However, addressing Deputy Catherine Connolly, Minister Noonan said the Goverment is increasing its promotion of what an outdoor summer means.

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Headford pupil takes top award at national poster competition

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Headford pupil has taken a top national award at this year’s Green Schools Irish Water Poster Competition.

The annual event focuses every year on a theme around water sustainability – and this year’s theme was “valuing water”.

Éilla Joyce, of Scoil Naomh Fursa in Claran, was declared the national winner of the Senior Primary category.

The third class pupil also won the Senior Primary category for the North Western region, for her poster “Every Drop is Important – Save our Thirsty World”.

Meanwhile, Lilou Schmid, who attends senior infants at St. Josephs National School in Woodford, was also named a regional winner in the Junior Primary category for the North West.

While 2nd year student Sofija Stolareustea of Merlin College in Doughiska was a regional winner in the Secondary category for the North West.

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