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Population in West set to grow to 456 thousand by 2031

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The population in the West is set to grow to 456 thousand by 2031.

That’s according to the regional population projection report published by the Central Statistics Office this week.

Three internal migration scenarios are examined for the eight regional authority areas for 2016 to 2031.

In the main traditional migration scenario, the study forecasts that the West will have 97 thousand births and also a population increase of 15 thousand.

The population in the West in 2011 is recorded at 441 thousand – this is forecast to increase to 456 thousand by 2031.

This consists of a natural increase of 31 thousand, a drop in internal migration of six thousand and a drop in external migration of 10 thousand.

Under the same scenario, the greater Dublin area would see its population increase by just over 400 thousand by 2031 if internal migration patterns return to the traditional pattern last observed in the mid-1990s.

The traditional variant combines a slow return to net inward migration and to the 1996 pattern of internal migration by 2016.

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283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.

23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.

There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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€1.3m funding to support live performances across Galway this summer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost €1.3m funding has been announced to support gigs and festivals in Galway this summer.

It’s as the Government has unveiled a national allocation of €25m under The Live Performance Support Scheme.

The largest allocation of almost €200 thousand will go to the Galway Comedy Festival, to support the staging of live shows.

A further €185 has been awarded to Strange Brew Limited, towards a series a concerts to be held in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork, as well as three large outdoor events.

€182 thousand will go to popular west end venue the Róisín Dubh, for a series of live shows peformed at the venue and outdoor beer garden.

Clonbur-based Gemstone Business Consultants has been granted an allocation of €169 thousand for a number of live music performances over a weekend.

€132 thousand will support traditional live music events at the Black Gate at St. Francis Street – while a further €130 thousand has been awarded for live performances at Munroes Live.

City-based production company Milestone Inventive has been allocated €127 thousand for a number of outdoor performances of ‘Playboy of the Western World’.

€95 thousand has been granted to the well known Trad on the Prom show, while €64 thousand will support a Mike Denver plus guests sit down concert.

And just under €32 thousand will go to the CelloVision project, which blends live and pre-recorded music with unconventional video and imagery on stage.

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Local senators make strong contributions to Seanad debate on gender pay gap

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local Senators Aisling Dolan and Pauline O’ Reilly have given spirited speeches in the Seanad during a debate on the gender pay gap.

It’s as the house is debating new laws that would require companies to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation.

The measures would initially apply to businesses of more than 250 employees – and eventually to all companies employing 50 people or more.

Addressing Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman, Senator Aisling Dolan pointed out that the gender pay gap has been addressed in other EU countries:

Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’ Reilly said we shouldn’t be relying on our justice system to vindicate the rights of women in the workplace:

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