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Portumna to host national forestry demonstration

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A national demonstration on the thinning of broadleaf trees will take place in Portumna next week. (17/6)
The event is organised by Teagasc Forestry Development Department, and will focus on the long-term quality of Alder and Sycamore trees.
Woodland owners are encouraged to attend to learn about the thinning process and how to effectively extract timber from their own woodlands.
Interested participants are asked to gather at Tiernascragh Community Hall in Ballycrissane between 11am and 12.30pm on Tuesday June 17th.
Forestry Development Officer with Teagasc, Noel Kennedy, says thinning is an important process in ensuring the future health of woodland areas.

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5,769 PUP claims to be issued in Galway as numbers continue to decline

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 5,769 people in Galway will receive the pandemic unemployment payment this week, as the number of claimants for the State support continues to fall.

The number has fallen from a peak of over 33 thousand claimants in May 2020.

This week, the Department of Social Protection issued weekly payments valued at over 28 million euro to over 110 thousand people.

This represents a fall of 3,842 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector.

It comes as the PUP is gradually changing over a six month period from September until next February to align with the standard jobseeker’s payments.

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Up to 200 jobs for Galway as medical device manufacturer expands

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A medical device manufacturer in Galway is set to expand its operations with the potential to create up to 200 new jobs.

Integer has announced plans to construct a new manufacturing facility through a 30 million dollar investment in Parkmore East.

With 15 sites across the world, Integer has been operating in Ireland for 25 years.

The company currently employs 1,300 people through its research and development centre and manufacturing facilities in Galway and New Ross in Wexford.

Following collaboration between IDA Ireland and Integer, the new facility for the Parkmore East area will help the company meet increased demand for research, development and manufacturing capabilities, as well as capacity for catheters and delivery systems.

Expected to total $30 million in the coming years, the investment will include the construction of a 60,000 square foot facility while planning permission for a further 147,000 square feet for future expansion has also been secured.

The company said it expects an estimated 100 to 200 engineering, administration and manufacturing jobs to be added as a result of the expansion with building work expected to begin next year.

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Gort Gardaí investigate discovery of body near Kinvara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí in Gort are investigating the discovery of a body near the coastline in South Galway.

A person out walking near the shoreline made the discovery at around 11.30 yesterday morning at Doorus, north of Kinvara.

The remains, understood to be that of a female, have been removed to the mortuary at UHG.

The local Coroner has been notified and the Office of the State Pathologist have been requested to conduct a post-mortem examination.

Gardaí say efforts to identify the deceased are ongoing and the outcome of the post-mortem exam will determine the course of the Garda investigation.

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