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Summary of reaction to Budget 2019

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Budget 2019 has received a luke-warm response from many lobby groups.
However the Restaurant Association of Ireland has called for Shane Ross’ resignation following an increase in Tourism VAT.

President of the Irish Hotels Federation Michael Lennon doesn’t want the Minister to resign, but wants him to fight for them.
Smokers were hit where it hurts with another 50 cent added per pack of 20.
John Mallon from the smokers-rights group Forest Ireland says the increase is immoral.
196 million was added to the education package. It will go towards supporting the hiring of more teachers and SNAs.
Saint Vincent De Paul’s Caroline Fahy was unimpressed.
Things that were mostly welcomed include an increase to qualified child payments, a reduction in the cost of prescriptions for medical card holders over the age of 70 and an increase in the minimum wage to 9.80 an hour.
Active Retirement Ireland says it’s a budget of missed opportunities.
Spokesperson Peter Kavanagh wanted to see more investment in supporting pensioners in their homes.
Macra Na Feirme says this year’s budget is “much of a muchness” for farmers.
President James Healy however did welcome the 60 million euro in Brexit related supports for the farming community.

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County Policing committee hears of serious concern over ‘huge increase’ of rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The County Galway Joint Policing committee has been told of the serious concern over the ‘huge increase’ in rural crimes and burglaries in East Galway.

Tuam area Councillor Mary Hoade says that she has already heard of 10 burglaries in the area since the start of the year.

This represents 5 per cent of the total number of burglaries reported across the whole county for all of last year.

Councillor Hoade says she’s very concerned, and outlines what needs to be done to tackle the increase.

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University of Galway researchers aiming to improve ventilator outcomes

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Researchers at the University of Galway are aiming to improve outcomes for patients on ventilators.

They’ve taken part in a new international study, that found high death rates in weaning intensive care patients from ventilation.

It found that over a third of patients who required mechanical ventilation for longer than two days could not be successfully taken off.

Speaking to Galway talks, Professor John Laffey said the area is not well studied despite the importance of weaning.

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Questions over County Council delays in processing social housing applications

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Questions are being raised over the length of time it’s taking for Galway County Council to process social housing application forms.

Galway West Sinn Fein TD Mairead Farrell raised the matter with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil.

She said it’s supposed to be a 12-week window – but it’s taking far longer for some people, and it seems to be due to lack of staff.

Speaking in response, Leo Varadkar said he would ensure the matter is looked into.

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