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Overseas tourist spend in the West exceeds 350 million euro

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 400 million euro was spent in the tourism industry in the west of Ireland last year by overseas visitors.
That’s according to a new report about ‘The Contribution of the Drinks Industry to Tourism’.
It shows there are 489 pubs in Galway, with 69 hotel bars on licences, 13 fully licenced restaurants and 11 wine-only licenced restaurants.
Almost 1.2 million overseas visitors came to the West last year, spending 379 million euro.
They listed a visit to an Irish pub as the top tourist attraction.
Campaign Manager for ‘Support Your Local’, Bart Storan says pubs at the key to boosting the local economy through tourism.

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LISTEN: Galway TD calls for Help To Buy Scheme to be extended to vacant properties

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to extend the Help To Buy Scheme to cover vacant properties.

Raising the matter in the Dáil with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Sean Canney said there are vacant properties “splattered” around every town and village.

He asked if cabinet would consider expanding the scheme to help return these properties to the market:

Speaking in response, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar accepted it’s a logical proposal and said the issue is being considered.

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Four people injured in Road Traffic Collision near Moycullen

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Four people have been injured in a three car road traffic collision that happened this morning near Moycullen.

Gardai and emergency services attended the scene of the accident which occurred on the N59 near the Wildlands this morning at approximately 10am.

The four people were taken to University Hospital Galway for treatment of injuries that are non-life threatening.

Motorists travelling on the N59 are warned that there are major delays on that road at the moment as Gardai continue their investigations with the road expected to be reopened around now.

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Emergency Services at the scene of a Serious Road Traffic Collision near Moycullen

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – It is understood that emergency Services are currently at the scene of a Senior Road Traffic Collision on the N59 near Moycullen.

There are reports that three vehicles have been involved.

The collision is believed to have taken place near the Wildlands Adventure Sports Centre. A kilometre from the village.

No further information is available at this time

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