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Passenger numbers increase at Connemara airport

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was an increase of almost 4 and a half per cent on passenger numbers at Connemara Airport, or Aerfort na Minne, last year.
According to figures from the Central Statistics Office, just over 20 thousand 300 people travelled through the airport in Inverin in 2013.
This compares to almost 19 and a half thousand the previous year..
The airport in Inverin is not the only airport to have experienced an increase in passenger numbers last year.
The airport on Inis Mór saw a slight increase of 2.2 percent, with almost 12 thousand 400 people using the facility.
Figures released by the CSO show that passenger numbers at Aerfort na Minne have been growing steadily since 2011.
Galway Airport, which ceased operating in 2011, had a figure of 67 thousand passenger numbers that year.
Nationally 25 million passengers passed through Irish airports last year, an overall increase of 4 percent.

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Galway TD critical of “Cinderella license” to reopen nightclubs while respite services remain closed

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has voiced criticism of the so-called “Cinderella Dance License” that has allowed nightclubs to reopen while many essential respite services remain closed.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil discussion on the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and roadmap for the future.

She expressed frustration that it’s apparently safe to dance in a busy nightclub after midnight yet it’s not safe to open essential respite services in Galway.

Deputy Connolly indicated it’s neither fair nor logical – and the Government must do better.

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Diocese of Galway prayer service to call for action on climate change and biodiversity crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Diocese of Galway is to host a prayer service and information event this week to call for action in the face of climate change and the biodiversity crisis.

It’s being held on Thursday at 7:30pm in Galway Cathedral to coincide with the start of COP26, the 2021 United Nations climate change conference.

The diocesan Laudato Si’ launch event is being led by Bishop Brendan Kelly with a special address by Jane Mellett of Trocaire.

Jane Mellett told Galway Bay fm news aims to provide space to reflect on what’s happening to our common home -she says we need to listen to the cry of the Earth and take action:

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Galway IFA warns farmers are ready to protest if carbon limit concerns aren’t heard by Government

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Chairperson of the Galway IFA is warning that farmers will take to the streets in protest if their concerns about new proposed carbon limits aren’t listened to.

A set of five-year “carbon budgets” out to 2030 were released last night by the Climate Change Advisory Council.

The aim is reduce emissions by 4.8pc a year up to 2025, when the target will increase to 8.3pc a year.

It’s reported that by 2030, the agriculture sector wil be required to reduce emmissions by somewhere between 21 and 30 percent.

Chairperson of Galway IFA Anne Mitchell says farmers are prepared to protest if public representatives aren’t willing to listen to their concerns.

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