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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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‘Elf Town’ to return to Galway Racecourse with 200 seasonal jobs

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Elf Town has confirmed it’s returning to Galway this Christmas – and says it’ll create over 200 seasonal jobs.

The festive experience, which takes place at Galway Racecourse, is currently recruiting actors and event staff.

It’s billed as a magical 2 hour journey across 4 floors in 3 different buildings, including a visit with Santa.

Tickets for the event are available to book now, with shows taking place from November 23rd.

Aidan Phelan is a producer at Elf Town and outlines the jobs on offer.

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New RNLI Visitor Experience opens tomorrow on Inis Mór

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Locals and tourists will be able to enjoy the new RNLI Visitor Experience on Inis Mór from Saturday 1st October.

The attraction is located in the boathall of the Aran Islands lifeboat station at Kilronan Pier, which also hosts a new shop to raise funds for the charity.

The experience will explore 175 years of the RNLI’s history, include images, milestones, awards and rescue stories.

Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Michael Hernon, says the funds raised are vital:

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Demand for action on anti-social behavior at Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A demand has been made for action on anti-social behavior at the gates of Merlin Park Hospital.

Raising the matter at a meeting of the Health Forum West this week, Councillor Declan McDonnell said the old morgue is being used as a congegrating ground.

He said the issue is going on years – but there’s been little done – including an alleged lack of response from Gardaí.

The HSE executive accepted it has been an issue and said measures had been taken – but it will now look into further action.

Councillor McDonnell says its past time that something was done.

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