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Report finds Galway’s population only 59 percent of what is was in 1841

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s population is now only 59 percent of what it was in 1841.
That’s according to a report by the Western Development Commission which examines CSO census data.
The population of Galway in Census 2016 was just over 258 thousand.
The report finds 54% of people in Galway live in rural areas, while 61 percent of the working age population is in the labour force.
In the city, the average time it takes to travel to work was recorded at 21 minutes, while county commuters recorded an average time of 29 minutes.
45 percent of Galway’s population have a third level qualification, 5 percent work in agriculture, and almost 16 percent work in industry.
14 percent of Galway’s population is aged over 65, while almost 21 percent is aged under 15.
The figures also reveal almost 59 percent of Galway’s residents consider themselves to be in very good health.

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County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.

This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.

Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.

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University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.

They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.

It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.

Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.

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Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.

She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.

Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.

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