Galway Bay fm newsroom – The population of Galway has increased by more than a third since 1996.
A new report by the Chartered Surveyors of Ireland shows that between 1996 and 2016, the population in Galway jumped by 37 per cent.
The report also shows that Clifden and Ballinasloe are among a list of 20 towns in the country that have the lowest external commuters.
That means they have the lowest proportion of the resident working population leaving the area for work.
Clifden and Oranmore have been listed in the top 10 improving towns in the country.
Between 2011 and 2016, both towns reduced their unemployment rate by more than 40 per cent.
Galway has 11 shopping centres and 4 retail parks but the report claims main streets in small towns around the country are at risk.
Chartered Surveyors says a “perfect storm” of issues such as online sales, out of town shopping centres and high vacancy rates have all contributed.
They’re calling for restrictions to be put in placed on out of town shopping centres while efforts should be made to urgently introduce high-speed broadband.
Author of the report Stephen Purcell says if more job opportunities were available in smaller towns, people would move. For more on this tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
Measures to support participants of Community Employment and Tús Schemes welcomed by Galway deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The announcement Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien T.D., of further measures to support participants of Community Employment (CE) and Tús schemes has been welcomed by Galway West/South Mayo deputy Eamon O’Cuiv.
Under the measures, CE and Tús participants’ contracts will be further extended until the end of October 2021.
This will benefit 7,000 participants who have been granted contract extensions since last October and whose contracts were due to end in July.
And the measure will benefit over 4,000 additional existing CE/ Tús participants whose contracts would ordinarily come to an end between July and October.
Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv welcomed this decision saying it will allow people return to work, who could not work during Covid-19, and also allow them to finish courses they were on.
Deputy O’Cuiv said that it will be a relief for those who are on the schemes but added that he would like to see more done.
Health officials confirm 431 new cases of Covid-19
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 431 new cases of covid-19 in the Republic of Ireland.
This is the highest number of cases in Ireland since the 4th of June when 529 cases were reported.
However, the number of people in hospital with the virus continues to fall with 58 people currently in hospital with the virus.
The number of people in ICU also continues to drop with 22 are in ICU. The lowest this year and a reduction of 2 on yesterday.
The Department of Health says the daily case numbers may change due to future data review and validation.
Works to get underway on major extension at Craughwell National School
Galway bay FM Newsroom – Works are to get underway on a major extension at Craughwell National School in the coming weeks.
Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says a contractor has now been approved for the project, which is expected to take around 12 months to complete.
The works will consist of a two storey, eight classroom extension, as well as the refurbishment of the existing school building.
Fine Gael Deputy Cannon says the project will be transformative for the school, which has seen a significant increase in enrollment over the last ten years.
Deputy Cannon says the contractor should be moving on site over the school summer holidays.