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Salthill woman included among finalists for Miss Universe Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A young Galway woman is among the Top 30 finalists for Miss Universe Ireland.
23 year old Eleanor Whyte from Salthill will compete in the live final of Miss Universe Ireland at the Mansion House at the beginning of next month.
Eleanor has previously competed in Miss Ireland as Miss Galway where she won the sports title and finished in the Top 15.
Tune in to Galway Bay fm news for more details…

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Galway School becomes the first city-centre ‘School Streets’ project in Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Scoil Iognaid is settling in to its ‘school street’ pilot programme, and its history making role as the first City-Centre ‘School Streets’ Project in Ireland

A ‘School Street’ is a road outside a school with a temporary restriction on traffic at drop off and pick up times creating a safer, calmer space for children, parents and residents to walk, scoot or cycle.

As part of the pilot project, Palmyra Row, Palmyra Avenue and Raleigh Row will be pedestrianised during the school pick up and drop off times

Residents will still have access to their homes during these times, as will cyclists or ‘blue badge’ holders accessing the school.

The pilot was launched this week by Mayor of Galway Mike Cubbard, and Junior Transport Minister and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton

It’s funded by the National Transport Authority, and delivered with the support of the Green-Schools Travel programme, An Garda Siochána, and the wider school community.

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16,300 Galway PUP recipients get arrears payment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approximately 16,300 Galway PUP recipients are today benefitting from an arrears payment

Locally based Senator Sean Kyne says the Pandemic Unemployment Payment has been a lifeline to individuals and families in Galway who have been worst affected by the economic impact of Covid-19.

He added that the payment of over €7.3 million in arrears to over 16,300 people is an immense boost to households and families ahead of Christmas.

Nationally, 129 million euro has been paid today to people who were due arrears under the Pandemic Unemployment Payment.

286,000 people have received money they mightn’t have been expecting.

Meanwhile, the number of people in Galway with active Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims this week is 19,500, a slight decrease on last week and a substantial drop from 32,300 at the start of May.

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Homeless man who sexually assaulted his wife after forcing her into a wooded area in Galway jailed for three and a half years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A homeless man who sexually assaulted his wife after forcing her into a wooded area in Galway has been jailed for three and a half years.

The man, who can’t be named to protect her identity, was also accused of raping her but the jury wasn’t able to reach agreement on that charge.

At the time of the attack, the couple were sleeping rough in Galway city.

The man had been drinking heavily on the night in question so his wife decided to sleep outside a church to get away from him.

She told the jury he woke her just before 5.30am and told her to come with him. On their way to a wooded area, CCTV footage showed her falling against a wall after he headbutted her in the shoulder.

She said he also threatened to “cut her into pieces and throw her in the ocean”

He fell asleep after sexually assaulting her, which gave her the opportunity to escape.

In her victim impact statement, the court heard she has since moved on with her life and is now working and “very happy”

She said she made the right choice to come forward and thanked gardaí for their help.

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