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Preparations underway in Athenry for participation on nationwide farmers demonstration at 11am

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Farmers will stage protests in 30 towns across the country this morning, including in Athenry, to demonstrate over EU CAP reform proposals and the Government’s climate action plan.

The Irish Farmers’ Association says the future of commercial farming is under threat, which would have a massive impact on rural Ireland.

They claim the Government’s Climate Action Bill could shut down commercial farming and lead to extra regulation being imposed on them.

Dr Elaine McGoff, Natural Environment Officer at An Taisce says the government needs to take action – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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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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Digital hub set to be established on Inis Meáin

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A digital hub is to be established on Inis Meáin.

The Board of Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved a capital investment of up to €62,000 to develop the hub as part of the growth of the gteic network.

Under the plan, the hub is to be set up in the new Community and Enterprise Centre that is currently under development on the Aran island.

It will involve an open space of over 20 square metres in a hub with five hotdesks as part of the initial phase.

The initiative is all in a bid to serve the community and businesses and to provide remote working opportunities on the Island.

There are 16 gteic hubs open throughout the Gaeltacht at the moment, with four in county Galway located in Furbo, Spiddal, Carraroe and Carna.

It is hoped that the gteic hub at Tír an Fhia and at Inis Mór will open in the weeks ahead.

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Gardaí renew appeal concerning disappearance of Carna woman in 1985

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have renewed their appeal for information on the disappearance of Barbara Walsh from her Carna home 36 years ago.

The appeal has been renewed today as her family mark 36 years since she went missing from her home in Rusheenamanagh on June 22nd 1985 at approximately 4am.

Tuesday June 22, 2021 marks the 36th anniversary of the disappearance of Barbara, who was a mother of seven.

Today An Garda Síochána are issuing an appeal with Crimestoppers as part of the ongoing investigation.

In particular An Garda Síochána are appealing to the wider Carna community for their assistance, and believe that individuals in this Gaeltacht community have information which may provide Barbara’s family with some answers.

On Friday June 21, 1985 Barbara held a party at her house in Rusheenamanagh in Carna.

She was last seen at her home at 4am on June 22, 1985.

Her family have not seen or heard from her since.

A full case review was conducted in January 2015 and a series of planned searches were also carried out at that time, and since, by investigating Gardaí with the assistance of the Garda Technical Bureau, a cadaver dog from the UK and also a forensic anthropologist.

Detective Sergeant Colm Mac Donnachadha says Carna is a close-knit Gaeltacht community and Gardaí believe there are people in this community who may have information that can help their investigation.

Anyone with information can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 250 025, Salthill Garda Station on 091-514720, any Garda Station, or the confidential line 1800 666 111.

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