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President Higgins and Taoiseach both in Galway tomorrow

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President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will both attend a number of engagements in Galway tomorrow

First on the President’s itinerary is a major symposium of University leaders from across Europe which takes place at NUIG from noon

He will deliver the keynote address at the Coimbra Group annual conference in the Bailey Allen Hall

From there, the President will travel to the G Hotel at 2.30pm where he will accept an Honorary Fellowship from Galway Mayo Institue of Technology.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s begins his visit in the county where he’ll officially open the new building for Killimor National School at noon

From there he’ll travel to the Marine Institute in Oranmore for an intensive discussion on using the Atlantic as a shared resource

Afterwards the Taoiseach will perform a sod turning at Merlin Woods Primary school at 4pm

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Galway records 4% drop in PUP claims over last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There is a continued fall in the number of pandemic unemployment payments being issued, with Galway recording an almost 4% drop in the last week.

Just over 4,700 people in Galway city and county will receive the State support this week.

Nationally, over 93 thousand people will receive the PUP this week, a fall of over 3,700 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector, as it has been for the past 19 weeks.

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Gardaí investigating reports of organised begging in Galway city centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí are investigating the possibility that organised begging is taking place in Galway city centre.

This week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee has heard there’s been a considerable rise in begging offences so far this year.

A Garda report presented this week revealed there’s been 43 begging offences recorded since January – an increase of 34 percent compared to this time last year.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley reminded those in attendance that begging in itself is no longer an offence and there needs to be an aggressive element for it to become one.

He gave examples of people approaching ATM’s, or blocking people in doorways, looking for money.

Councillor Terry O’ Flaherty expressed concern at the increase in figures and requested further information on those linked to the begging offences.

Superintendent Curley said he cannot discuss who these people are or identify them, but noted they’re from “all backgrounds” and some have hit on genuinely hard times.

However, he admitted there is a “certain element” that Gardai have limited proof they’re being organised by individuals – and Gardai are looking into the matter.

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Emergency services assist in search operation at Spanish Arch

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services were drafted into the Spanish Arch area last evening after receiving reports that a person had entered the water.

Galway fire services and the Gardaí assisted in a search operation of Lough Corrib near the Spanish Arch area at approximately 6.20pm.

Gardaí say the search proved negative.

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