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Power testing devices to be placed in Galway Bay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Wave-energy devices will be placed off the coast of Galway next year to see if the ocean can produce electricity.

Up to three machines are due to be placed in Galway Bay as part of a major green energy plan.

According to today’s Irish Independent, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland says it’s in discussions with three companies, who want to test their machines in Irish waters.

3 million euro will be spent on installing an underwater cable fitted with fibre optics and wi-fi.

The cable will allow the manufacturers to measure how much power can be generated in a bid to attract investors.

The site for the devices measures about 37 hectares and is located about 1.5 kilometres out into Galway Bay.

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294 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 here.

39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 14 in 24 hours.

It’s the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st.

While 13 people are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

There are no local figures available due to continuing issues relating to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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Online survey launched on future development of Oranmore area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online survey has been launched to find out what improvements the public in Oranmore want to see in the village and the surrounding areas.

The document has been commissioned by the MÓR Action group which is looking for people of all ages to have their say on the future development of community spaces.

The local group says once all the responses are gathered they’ll be presented to the County Council and elected representatives.

MÓR Action has confirmed that the survey was developed because the County Council said it was finding it difficult to engage with the community due to the diverse range of groups and interests in Oranmore.

It comes as Oranmore was recently awarded €100,000 in Council funding for public realm enhancements in the village.

A link for the survey is available on MÓR Action’s social media accounts and it will remain open until July 16.

The group’s spokesperson Caroline Rowan says the survey gives locals the chance to have their say on how the public realm funding can be best used in the community.

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1,400 fewer people claiming PUP in Galway this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,400 fewer people will claim the Pandemic Unemployment Payment in Galway this week.

13,218 people will receive the payment today – compared to 14,683 this day last week.

It comes as the number of people receiving the Pandemic Unemployment Payment nationwide is at its lowest level since last October.

Just over 244,000 people received the payment today, which is 23,000 fewer than last week.

The payment will close to new applicants at the end of this month.

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