Date Published: 17-Dec-2012
There’s been an overall 3.9 percent yearly decrease in the number of people signing on across the city and county.
However figures compiled by the CSO show that county towns Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Gort have seen slight increases in the months between November 2011 and 2012.
The latest data on Galway’s jobless shows that 21 thousand 559 people are now signing on with just over 10 thousand 700 of these resident in the city.
In the county’s towns, Tuam holds the largest jobless figure which now stands at 3 thousand 254, seven less than November last year.
This is followed by Ballinasloe where 2 thousand 472 residents are unemployed, however that’s 10 more than the same period last year.
To Loughrea now and 2 thousand 379 are listed on the live register, also representing an increase of 65 when compared to November 2011.
In Gort, 1 thousand 426 people are jobless with 6 more signing on since the same time last year.
In Clifden, the unemployment figure stands at 1 thousand 251, that’s a drop of 57 people when compared to 2011.
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.