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Public meeting tomorrow on major Connemara Marine Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public information meeting will take place tomorrow to discuss plans for a major Connemara Marine Park development. (18/5)
The Páirc na Mara project is being led by Udaras na Gaeltachta as a flagship effort to bring together many aspects of seashore, aquaculture and inshore industries on one site near the village of Cill Chiaráin.
The meeting takes place in Cill Chiaráin community centre at 8pm tomorrow.

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Three popular Galway bathing locations deemed ‘littered’ in coastal survey

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three popular Galway bathing locations have been deemed as ‘littered’ in a new coastal litter survey.

Irish Business Against Litter’s latest study has given Salthill Beach, Dog’s Bay in Connemara and Loughrea Lake the second lowest designation for cleanliness.

IBAL’s latest nationwide litter survey of beaches, harbours and waterways shows Salthill, which was previously deemed as clean is now littered, alongside Dog Bay’s and Loughrea Lake.

Popular bathing locations around the country and their immediate environs were monitored by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce during June and July.

The An Taisce report for Salthill stated there was ‘overflowing litter bins and substantial fast-food and food related litter on top of and at the base of street bins’.

In reference to Dog’s Bay, the report found that much of the litter along the beach was marine related – including rope, twine and polystyrene – and the toe of the dunes contained the remains of a fence and a substantial wire entanglement embedded in the sand which posed a health risk.

Meanwhile, Loughrea Lake was marked down because there were heavy levels of a wide variety of food related litter and cigarette butts in the car park.

The report found that 40% of the 32 coastal areas surveyed nationwide were clean, but there was a rise in areas branded littered or heavily littered.

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🎧 Fiona Murtagh’s twin Alan says she’ll be known forever as an Olympic medallist

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – History was made today at the Tokyo Olympics- and two Galway women were at the forefront.

Furbo’s Aifric Keogh and Fiona Murtagh from Moycullen were part of the team that took a bronze medal in the Women’s Four rowing in the early hours of this morning.

The other team members are Eimear Lambe from Dublin and Emily Hegarty from Cork.

All four of the team are now household names this evening after becoming the first female Irish athletes to win Olympic rowing medals.

It’s expected they could be returning home as soon as this weekend – no doubt to the well deserved red carpet treatment.

David Nevin has more on the historic event:

Fiona Murtagh’s twin Alan says the family were watching through their fingers in the early hours of this morning.

And he says she’ll be known forever as an Olympic medallist.

Photo – Rowing Ireland

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SIPTU members at St Brigid’s Ballinasloe to ballot for strike action this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – SIPTU workers at St Brigid’s Mental Health Unit in Ballinasloe are set to ballot for strike action this week.

The union has confirmed it will begin balloting members working as care assistants and care workers at the facility from tomorrow.

SIPTU argues its members have been left with no option but to ballot for strike action because HSE senior management is outsourcing work contrary to public service agreements.

The union says its members feel overlooked by the HSE’s decision to seek tenders from private health care support agencies to carry-out work which is currently being done by SIPTU workers.

In a statement, the HSE says an external review of the needs of service users was undertaken in 2017 and a change process subsequently commenced.

It adds the service is in the process of transitioning to a social care model which will deliver better outcomes and quality of life for the service users.

The HSE has stated it is incumbent on Galway Roscommon Mental Health Service to support evidence-based best practice and change the service delivery to a social care model in line with all other intellectual disability services provided in this country.

SIPTU Assistant Industrial Organiser Yvonne McGrath says the HSE made its decision without any consultation.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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