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Rate of unemployment in West falls by 2.5 percent

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Galway Bay fm newsroom -The rate of unemployment in the West has dropped by 2.5%.

The figure is contained within the Central Statistic’s Office household survey which examines the final quarter of last year.

The CSO data records an unemployment rate for the West of amost 12% for the final quarter of last year.

This compares to a rate of 14.4% at the end of 2012.

Nationally, unemployment decreased by over 14% or just over 41 thousand people in to year to the final quarter of 2013.

The long-term jobless rate also decreased from 8.2 to 7.2%.

The total number of people in the labour force countrywide at the final quarter of 2013 stood at over 2.1 million.

Galway West Fine Gael TD Sean Kyne says the figures are positive for the West and while there is still a distance to go to eliminate unemployment, Ireland now has the fastest jobs growth in the EU and the OECD.

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Galway Garda Chief says drugs “biggest challenge” facing force locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it’s very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.
He added there’s a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.
It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular – though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.
A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.
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Fíbín Media to launch new state of the art production studio in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12).

The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara.

It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.

Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.

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Local addiction counsellor claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based addiction counsellor, Joe Treacy, claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway.

Data has found that cocaine-use has increased across all age groups in recent years.

Joe Treacy was responding to comments made by local GP Martin Daly on Galway Talks yesterday, who said there is a wave of cocaine in rural areas.

Agreeing with Martin’s sentiments, Joe Treacy, says that cocaine-use is widespread in our communities.

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