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Site in Oranmore selected as possible location for a multi-billion euro Intel manufacturing plant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – An army firing rage in Co. Galway has been chosen as a possible location for a multi-billion euro Intel manufacturing plant, that could create 10,000 jobs.

The 216 acre site near Oranmore, has been selected by the IDA as the preferred location for its new foundry, according to The Sunday Times.

This week, Intel’s chief executive confirmed an Irish site had been shortlisted as one of 10 possible locations for the new microchip mega-factory.

A decision on its final location’s expected to be made before the end of this year.

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HEA study finds NUIG has higher proportion of graduates who attended DEIS school

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Higher Education Authority study has found NUI Galway is one of the campus sites which has higher proportions of graduates who attended a DEIS school compared to a fee-paying school.

The type of second-level school that graduates previously attended is used as a proxy measurement of socio-economic background in the analysis.

TCD and UCD have the highest proportion of graduates who attend a fee-paying school at 26 percent and 27 percent, respectively.

NUI Maynooth, DCU, NUI Galway and UL have higher proportions of graduates who attended a DEIS school compared to a fee-paying school.

In the raw prediction, university undergraduates generally earn the most, four years after graduating.

Amongst universities, TCD undergraduates have the highest average predicted earnings of €687 per week.

This is followed by UL at €684 and UCD at €682.

Amongst institutes of technology, DIT undergraduates have the highest average predicted earnings of €672 per week.

NUIG had a predicted earnings rate of €656, while GMIT had a rate of €625

In general, there are proportionally more males graduating from institutes of technology compared to the overall gender graduate distribution.

Males comprise over half of graduates from Carlow IT, DIT, GMIT, IT Blanchardstown and Letterkenny IT.

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Efforts intensify to restore bus services for Loughrea and Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Efforts are intensifying to secure the support of the National Transport Authority to restore bus services for Loughrea and Ballinasloe.

Bus Eireann has confirmed that there are no plans currently to review the Galway to Dublin Expressway service which was withdrawn in July as it was deemed not commercially viable.

This led to numerous calls from public representatives and community groups to have it reinstated for commuters.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Bus Eireann says there is no active review currently but if commercial opportunities arise in the future, they would be assessed and evaluated.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says he is aware that the National Transport Authority has intensified efforts to provide an alternative service for Ballinasloe, Loughrea and the surrounding villages.

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Housing reports illustrate continued rise in property prices in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – House prices in county Galway have risen by 4% in the last year and by 1.6% in Galway city.

The latest housing report from MyHome.ie finds the average house price in the county stands at €260,000 and €282,000 in the city.

In county Galway, two-bed apartment prices saw a solid 5.5% rise to €210,000.

The median price for four-bed semi-detached houses in county Galway stood at 285,000, flat on the year.

House prices have climbed 9% higher across the country compared to the same time last year.

New reports from Myhome and Daft show inflation is down from 13 percent recorded in the second quarter.

According to MyHome, the average house price nationally is now €308,000, while the Daft report has the figure at €288,000.

Author of the Daft report, Ronan Lyons, says increases in cities outside Dublin aren’t as high as at the start of the pandemic….

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