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Pay cut for Druid’s Garry Hynes as Arts Council funding falls

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Garry Hynes, the artistic director of Galway’s Druid Theatre, has had a 12 per cent salary cut following a reduction to the organisation’s funding from the Arts Council
Ms Hynes received a salary package of just over 128 thousand euro in 2012 but her projected salary package for this year is just under 108 thousand
This year Druid Theatre company has received 762 thousand euro, down 58 thousand on last year
In December the Arts Council wrote to all organisations in receipt of more than a quarter of a million euro in public funding asking them to identify any staff earning more than 90 thousand
Druid said Garry Hynes was the only staff member this applied to
In 2012 Garry Hynes volunteered to cut, and then phase, out the additional director’s fees element of the package which ran to just under 20 thousand euro
According to the Sunday Times her basic salary was also cut last year by 5 per cent, although Druid’s contribution to her pension increased from 5 per cent to 10 per cent
Garry Hynes received 128,420 euro from Druid while her projected salary package this year is 107,718 which represents a drop of just under 21 thousand euro

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21 million euro paid to nine and a half thousand Galway farmers

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Just over nine and a half thousand Galway farmers are this week receiving 21 million euro in grant aid

The allocation is being made under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme.

Galway based Senator Sean Kyne says this payment which represents 85% of the total payment due is an important boost to Galway farmers with contractor and other bills falling due

Senator Kyne says a number of payments are still being processed and will be paid later in the year subject to information being submitted or stocking rates achieved.

The Department of Agriculture has also confirmed that arrangements are being finalised to pay out 70% of the basic payment scheme on October 18th.

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New book exploring the history of the Galway to Clifden Railway to be launched today.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A new book exploring the history of the Galway to Clifden Railway will be launched in Connemara later today.

‘Rails Through Connemara’ is authored by historian Jonathan Beaumont, who has previously written books on the Westport to Achill Railway, as well as about life on Achillbeg

The new book will be launched at the old railway station at Maam Cross at 3 this afternoon.

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Irish Water and Galway City Council crews successfully repair major burst watermain in Galway City

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Irish Water and Galway City Council crews have successfully completed repairs to a burst watermain at the NUI Galway Campus.

The repairs were very complex due to the location of the burst on the NUIG Campus and the presence of many services over the watermain which had to be carefully excavated.

The repairs were completed at 6.30 this morning.

The watermain supplies the Clifton Hill and Tonabrucky reservoirs and affected customers in the west of the city including Knocknacarra, Barna, Moycullen and surrounding areas.

These area supplied from the Tonabruckey Reservoir may experience low pressure during the day and into the evening as reservoir levels recover.

In a statement released this morning, Irish Water said they understood the inconvenience when a burst occurs and thanked customers for their patience while work was ongoing to repair the burst and as normal supply is returned to impacted customers.

The Irish Water customer care helpline is open 24/7 on 1800 278 278 and customers can also contact them on Twitter @IWCare with any queries.

For updates you are asked to see the water supply and services section of their website.

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