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Student Unions highlight Galway’s rental crisis in Eyre Square sleepout

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The GMIT and NUIG Student Unions, along with the ‘One Galway’ Initiative have gathered at Eyre Square this evening to hold a Crisis Campout.
The gathering aims to highlight the critical shortage of student accommodation in the city.
Tents and shelters have been erected at Eyre Square by union members and students in an effort to demonstrate the difficulties faced by students seeking accommodation.
These students told our reporter Shauna Coen how the accommodation crisis has impacted them.
President of the NUI Galway Students’ Union, Megan Reilly says they want to send a strong message to the government.
Both Students’ Unions have critised the prevalence of new ‘luxury’ student accommodation in the city.
President of the GMIT’s Student Union, Aaron Burke says the cost is driving students away from Galway.
The crisis campout will take place in Eyre Square until 10 tonight.

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City councillors pave way for Aldi development at derelict site on Monivea Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have paved the way for an Aldi development at a site on the Monivea Road that has been derelict for almost 20 years.

The site is a brownfield one that has previously been excavated, following the demolition of Comer Machinery in 2005.

German retailer Aldi has applied for planning permission on the site, however a considerable portion of the land that would be used for car parking is zoned industrial.

This means councillors have to approve the contravention of the Galway City Development Plan to allow it to be used for retail purposes.

At this week’s meeting of Galway City Council, there was widespread agreement that it was a very positive development, and the vote was passed unanimously in favour.

This mean the proposed development can go ahead in principle with no changes to the zoning of the land.

Aldi Ireland says it hopes to start construction in 2022, and to open the new €9 million store in Autumn 2023.

It says 30 new permanent jobs will be created when the store opens, while up to 50 jobs will be supported during the construction phase.

Councillor Declan McDonnell says after being just a “hole in the ground” for almost 20 years, there’s now a huge opportunity for development.

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1,413 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A further 1,413 people have tested positive for Covid-19.

The five-day moving average stands at 1,395 – down almost 100 on two weeks ago.

Monaghan, Donegal and Louth have the highest 14-day incidence rates in the country.

There are 290 patients being treated for the virus in hospital, a drop of two since yesterday, while the number being treated in ICU has increased two to 67.

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Students from Holy Rosary College Mountbellew selected to rear five Angus calves in schools competition

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Students from Holy Rosary College in Mountbellew have been selected to rear five Angus calves in schools competition

At a special event at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois today broadcaster Carl Mullan revealed the six schools that will progress as finalists in the Certified Irish Angus school’s competition.

Among the finalist groups challenged to rear Angus calves were Peter O’Neill, Oisin Colleran, Amy Higgins and Cormac Delaney from Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew.

The unique competition sees the student groups actively involved in the rearing of five Irish Angus cattle over the next 18 months in order to allow them to gain an understanding of the care and attention that is required to produce top quality Irish beef under a sustainable family farming system.

The Galway group join students from St. Louis’ High School, Rathmines; Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles; Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard; Abbey Community College, Boyle; St. Brigid’s Secondary School, Killarney as the successful finalists for this year’s competition.

During the interview stages, these groups stood out to the judges for taking great interest in the agri-food industry and for bringing new perspectives, ideas, and findings to the competition.

Each of the finalists will receive the financial benefit involved in the selling of the animals on completion of the project. The winning students also receive an additional grant of €2,000 for their further education.

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