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Report shows Oranmore and Clifden among most improved towns in country

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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…

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8,039 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 8,039 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

3,692 are PCR while a further 4,347 positive antigen tests have been registered through the HSE portal.

885 people are in hospital with the virus – 76 of them are in ICU.

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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.

City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.

Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.

Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.

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Over €23m for active travel projects across Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- More than €23m in funding is on the way to connect communities across Galway and make walking and cycling a safe transport alternative

The Government’s Active Travel Investment Programme will fund 64 projects across Galway city and county.

This will include cycling and footpath infrastructure, pedestrian crossings, public transport measures, investment in the Safe to Schools programme and the development of local greenways.

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