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Report finds members of Traveller Community in Galway account for half of homeless figures

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new report has found that members of the Traveller Community in Galway account for half of homeless figures across the city and county.

New research conducted by the Galway Traveller Movement shows Covid-19 has disproportionately impacted and compounded challenges facing members of the community both locally and across the country.

It found that the Traveller community makes up approximately 50% of the homeless figures in Galway, 83% of Travellers are unemployed, only 1% of the community access third level education and the rates of suicide are 6 times greater than that of the general population.

GTM says poor accommodation and a lack of adequate services have put Travellers at greater risk during the global pandemic.

It says many members of the community found it nearly impossible to self-isolate and lacked access to essential amenities like running water, sanitary facilities or electricity.

The report has also revealed that only 41% of Traveller families in Galway had the digital equipment and internet required for children and young people to do their schoolwork during lockdown.

Meanwhile, 63% of Travellers surveyed during March said they had experienced racism and discrimination.

Traveller Community member Anne Marie Roche is a health worker with the Galway Traveller Movement.

She says it was very difficult for Travellers to follow public health guidance.

Meanwhile the WHO’S Dr. Mike Ryan says Ireland must treat its Travelling community better.

The epidemiologist, a senior figure at the World Health Organisation, spoke after the Galway report found COVID has had a disproportionate impact on Travellers.

The NUI Galway graduate says this must be addressed.

We’ll have an extended feature on the GTM report on FYI Galway@5

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Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.

The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.

192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.

10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.

Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.

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Mayor calls on Gardaí to clamp down on illegal activities across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Mayor of Galway is calling on Gardaí to “stop turning a blind eye” to what she describes as a range of illegal activities taking place across the city.

Mayor Collette Connolly cites examples such as public drinking and urination in public areas, as well as blatant illegal parking in Salthill.

She argues that public drinking has also become the norm on Salthill beaches.

The Mayor has also raised concerns regarding incidents at popular waterways in the city and says seven people have been assisted out of the water in recent weeks by the Claddagh Watch Voluntary Committee.

She argues Gardaí need to be more visible and more proactive when people act irresponsibly……

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Galway rowers make history and take Olympic medal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ireland has won a bronze medal in the Women’s Four rowing – Ireland’s first medal of the Olympics games with the team including two Galway sportswomen.

Ireland’s first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games was secured in rowing this morning as the Women’s Four of Furbo’s Aifric Keogh, Moycullen’s Fiona Murtagh, with Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty won an Olympic bronze.

The Irish quartet were lying fifth at the halfway mark and, as they passed the 1000 metre mark, they pushed passed China, increasing the pressure on GB, before eventually passing them at the closing stages to take home the bronze.

Speaking after the win, Furbo’s Aifric Keogh said their self-belief carried them through.

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