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Sinn Fein selects election candidate for Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Sitting Cllr Dermot Connolly has been selected by Sinn Fein to run in the Ballinasloe area in this year’s local elections.

The party held its selection convention in Gullane’s Hotel last evening which was chaired by Senator Trevor O’Clochartaigh.

The number of seats on the county council will increase from 30 to 39 with one extra seat added to the Ballinasloe electoral area.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Cllr Connolly says if he is successful in retaining his seat, he hopes to continue his work with a particular focus on job creation.

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Galway records high levels of domestic abuse

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,000 incidents of domestic abuse have been reported to Gardaí in Galway so far this year.

Nationally Gardaí have dealt with an average of nearly 100 domestic abuse incidents every day this year – with the highest levels reported in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Louth.

New figures show 24,686 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the Gardaí between the start of this year and September 9th.

These include a variety of offences, such as violence and breach of a barring order.

Over a third of the incidents were in the Dublin region, involving just under 9,000 cases.

2,021 were in Cork, with 1,152 in Louth and 1,074 in Galway.

Minister of State for Justice, Hildegarde Naughton, says tackling domestic abuse, and providing supports for victims, is a key priority for the government.

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Woodquay urban animation project set to be delivered by summer 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An urban animation project in Woodquay in the city is set to reach completion in time for the 2022 summer season.

The project is one of seven nationwide and secured over one million euro in funding through Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme which aims to re-invigorate urban areas and increase their tourism appeal.

The pilot five million euro scheme, which opened for applications in April, will also fund projects in Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Dublin.

These will involve a variety of large-scale outdoor performance spaces, public art and light installations.

The Galway city project will a signature lighting installation at Woodquay Park featuring a hand carved steel sphere.

This aims to reflect the stories and traditions of Galway alongside a traditional Galway Hooker and performance space.

Director of Product Development Orla Carroll says urban animation will play an increasingly important role in transforming and re-imagining our public spaces as safe, welcoming and vibrant places to visit.

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EY Ireland expansion to deliver new jobs at Galway base

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – EY Ireland has announced the creation of over 800 jobs nationwide with 210 roles to be spread across its regional offices in Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.

The expansion will bring the headcount in EY to over 4,200 across the island of Ireland.

The 414 experienced hire roles will be advertised and filled by the end of June next year, while a further 402 roles will be filled by university graduates starting this autumn.

EY Ireland says increasing demand for its services and fundamental changes brought about by the pandemic, were key to its decision to expand.

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