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Report finds City Council’s Traveller accommodation targets don’t match demand

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A report has found that Galway City Council’s Traveller accommodation targets don’t match the demand for accommodation from members of the Traveller community.

An assessment of local authority Traveller Accommodation Programmes, by the Irish Traveller Movement, has revealed that Galway City Council is one of 8 local authorities that have set targets below the need identified in their 5 year programmes.

According to the report, Galway City Council will not meet their own targets, with 265 Traveller families in need but a supply target set at just 242.

The study predicts a growth need during this programme of 100 units but a deficit of 23 units will be provided over the term.

Galway city, Galway county and Mayo are among local authorities with the largest Traveller populations.

Over the previous 5 year plan, 194 Traveller accommodation units were built in the city while 262 were developed in the county.

The report found that nationally, 30 percent of Traveller families are in need of accommodation, while the rate in Connaught is 27 percent.

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NUIG to make student timetables available by end of month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway is to finalise timetables for students by the end of the month as the university prepares to reopen.

The university received guidance on the reopening of third level in recent weeks and is now examining the roll-out before the September reopening.

NUIG President Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh says feedback has found students are keen to have an in-person experience as well as the online mode of learning.

First year students are expected to begin on campus on September 28th with an induction process likely to take place the previous week.

Professor Ó hÓgartaigh says there will be an on-campus experience as well as online learning while adhering to public health guidelines….

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City Hall opens book of condolence following death of John Hume

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway city council has opened a book of condolence following the death of John Hume.

The remains of the former Nobel peace prize winner will be removed from his home in Donegal to Saint Eugene’s cathedral in Derry this evening.

Mr. Hume passed away in the early hours of yesterday having suffered from Dementia for some time.

He was awarded the freedom of Galway city in 1999 in appreciation for his work in the promotion of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.

A funeral mass will be held for the 83 year old tomorrow in accordance with public health guidance.

A book of condolence will be opened at City Hall this morning and will remain open until Friday afternoon.

Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv told Keith Finnegan on Galway talks John Hume did a lot for the country – often against the odds….

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Power restored to 2700 households following issues with Claregalway transformer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Power has been restored to 2700 houses in the East Galway area.

2,700 households experienced the outage this morning in areas including Turloughmore, parts of Claregalway, Ballyglunin, Abbeyknockmoy and Tuam.

It was due to issues with the transformer based in Claregalway.

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