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Services to commence at new COPE Galway refuge in late 2019

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s hoped COPE Galway’s new city refuge at the former Magdalen Laundry site in the city will be operational by the end of 2019.
‘Modh Eile’ meaning ‘another way’ has been revealed as the name for the planned centre.
The name was announced at the launch of a new booklet remembering the Magdalen women today.
The booklet contains records of 80 women who are buried at graves in the site or in Bohermore cemetery.
The Magdalen Laundry operated at Forster Street from 1870 to 1984 and was gifted to COPE Galway by the Mercy Order for a new refuge.
The current refuge at Waterside House does not meet the level of demand for services as the organisation was unable to accommodate 258 women and 441 children who sought refuge in 2017.
Carey Building Contractors have been appointed to renovate the Magdalen Laundry building with work due to commence in the coming weeks.
On FYI Galway, we speak to Jacquie Horan, CEO of COPE Galway who says today is the start of something good….

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Galway East Minister Says Wage Subsidy Scheme To Employ People with Disabilities In the Private Sector Should be Reviewed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway’s Minister for Disability says a review of the Wage Subsidy Scheme for Employers is needed to help address the low employment rate for people with disabilities in Ireland.

According to new research by the ESRI, the country now has the fourth lowest employment rate among people with a disability in the EU,

It also highlights that people with a disability in Ireland are more than twice as likely to experience poverty and deprivation than those without.

The Wage Subsidy Scheme gives financial support to private sector employers who can provide between 21 and 39 hours of employment per week to workers with a disability.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway East Minister for Disability Anne Rabbitte says the current scheme is not working and needs to reviewed.

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Pop-up vaccination clinic to operate from NUIG next week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A pop-up vaccination base will operate from NUI Galway next week.

It’s one of 11 pop up vaccination centres that will be established across third level colleges next week.

The clinics will provide first or second doses and will be provided to students and staff.

The initiative aims to maximise vaccine uptake in those who have not yet availed of vaccination, including international students.

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Simon Harris says Ireland has already seen a great uptake from young people and vaccination week will offer anyone who hasn’t received their first or second dose the opportunity to do so.

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5,769 PUP claims to be issued in Galway as numbers continue to decline

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 5,769 people in Galway will receive the pandemic unemployment payment this week, as the number of claimants for the State support continues to fall.

The number has fallen from a peak of over 33 thousand claimants in May 2020.

This week, the Department of Social Protection issued weekly payments valued at over 28 million euro to over 110 thousand people.

This represents a fall of 3,842 compared to last week.

The greatest reduction this week is in the accommodation and food services sector.

It comes as the PUP is gradually changing over a six month period from September until next February to align with the standard jobseeker’s payments.

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