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Report on Galway’s bid for European City of Culture to come before councillors

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A report on the bidding process for Galway’s planned application to become European City of Culture 2020 is to come before councillors tomorrow.

City Manager Brendan McGrath has discussed the matter with Failte Ireland and has said it would be worthwhile to make a serious and consolidated bid.

The competition is not yet open for applications as the European Commission finalises the technical terms and guidelines.

Ireland and Croatia have been nominated to host a European Capital of Culture for 2020.

Two member states share the title each year with Romania and Greece scheduled for 2021.

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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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