Galway Bay fm newsroom – Unemployment figures across Galway fell slightly during February according to the latest report from the Central Statistics Office.
The data shows that there were 12 thousand 397 people out of work in the city and county last month.
That’s a drop of over 120 on the Live Register figure for January.
The biggest drop in unemployment was in the city, where 86 people came off the Live Register during February.
There are now just over 6 thousand 150 people out of work in the city.
Ballinasloe saw a drop of 32 in its unemployment figure, leaving its jobless figure at just over 1,400.
A similar decrease was seen in Tuam – where 31 people came off the Live Register last month.
Tuam now has just over 1,750 people on its unemployment register.
Loughrea saw the smallest decrease last month – it has a jobless figure of 1,283 – a drop of just 2 on the January figure.
Bucking the trend last month were Clifden and Gort, which saw increases of 13 and 15 respectively.
Clifden’s jobless figure now stands at 858, while Gort’s is current at 936.
Plans for 60 apartments at West City Retail Park
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for an apartment block at West City Centre Office & Retail Park in Westside.
The project would involve the demolition of the existing first floor office level, to make way for 60 new apartments.
The development would be primarily made up of two-bed and single-bed units spread across first, second and third floor level.
At present, Aldi is the anchor tenant of the retail park at ground floor level.
City planners are due to make a decision in January.
Two Galway teaching graduates receive top awards
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway teaching graduates have achieved ‘top of their class’ status at the annual Hibernia College conferring ceremony.
Along with that honour, Spiddal’s Aonghus Ó hEochaidh also received a placement performance award by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.
While Mary Corless, a teacher in Scoil Bhride in Tuam, was awarded for receiving the highest grade in the research module.
Both teaching graduates were awarded during their conferring at Dublin’s Convention Centre.
Call for county council to have 24/7 contract to service traffic lights
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway County Council to have a 24/7 contract to service traffic lights.
Local Councillor Jim Cuddy is making the call after lights at Carnmore Cross were out of order from Friday last to Monday afternoon.
The Athenry/Oranmore councillor claims the temporary flashing lights put in place were “totally inadequate” in terms of road safety.
Councillor Cuddy says having no access to service on weekends is not good enough.