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Survey reveals rising cost of childcare in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The cost of putting kids in childcare is continuing to rise across the country.
A new survey from Newstalk reveals what people are paying, and how prices vary from county to county.
In Galway, the average montly price for putting a 2-year-old in full time care five days a week stands at between €685 and €715.
While in the city, it would set parents back almost €830 a month.

More than 130 creches and childcare providers nationwide took part in this survey.
It asked respondents for the cost of putting a 2-year old in full-time care, 5 days a week.
Dublin came back as the county with the highest costs, with the average bill coming in at 1,047 euro per month – that’s an € 84 increase from 5 years ago – when a similar survey was undertaken.
Wicklow came in a close second, where putting a child in a creche will cost you just over one thousand euro.
Cork is 3rd most expensive with the counties surrounding the capital such as Kildare, Meath and Louth making up the top-5 most expensive.
The average national monthly rate is now € 745. That’s an increase of € 40 from back in 2013.
The county with the lowest costs is Longford with an average monthly charge of € 650.

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HSE Notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The HSE has today been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

This is an increase of 172 on yesterday’s figure.

The five-day moving average of cases stands at 1,305.

282 COVID-19 patients are in hospital this morning with the virus – a decrease of 15 in the last 24 hours.

65 Covid patients are in ICU.

The decrease in figures is also shown in figures for Galway University Hospital.

As of 8pm yesterday evening, there are 11 receiving treatment with 4 in ICU, the same as 24 hours previously.

In Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there are 2 receiving treatment, an increase of 1 on the day previously.

There is also 1 in ICU, also an increase of 1 on 8pm on Thursday.

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The Minister for Health has announced the removal of all States from the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine list.

Six South American countries were the last nations left on the list.

Over 10,000 people entered Mandatory Hotel Quarantine – which was introduced in March.

Travellers into Ireland must still abide by the relevant travel regulations including the need for a PCR test if they’re not vaccinated.

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Ballinasloe Fair Co-ordinating group officially cancel this year’s events.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Ballinasloe Fair co-ordinating group have made the decision in the interest of public health and safety to officially cancel this year’s events.

The overall co-ordinating group plan to meet at the end of the year to make plans for 2022 and to celebrate this year’s anniversary.

In a statement released this afternoon, The coordinating committee said they would like to thank the local community, sponsors and all the associations involved for their ongoing commitment and support.

They added that they looked forward to welcoming all participants and visitors to Ballinasloe Fair and festival in 2022 for the 300th anniversary.

The statement concludes by saying that no parking is permitted in the Fair Green area or its environs.

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Irish Independent reveals five Galway TD’s have assets over 1 million euro

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Irish Independent has revealed that Five Galway TD’s have assets worth over 1 Million Euro.

The Rich List, published in today’s paper, has found there’s 68 TDs with assets to the value of a million or more.

The five are, In Galway West Eamon O’Cuiv and Noel Grealish, In Galway East Sean Canney and Ciaran Cannon and in Roscommon/Galway Denis Naughten.

The newspaper’s Political Rich List, is based on a detailed examination of the value of their properties, land, businesses, shareholdings and pensions.

Independent TD Michael Lowry tops the list, with assets estimated to be worth over 7 million euro.

The project also revealed that one-quarter of the 160 TDs in the Dáil are landowners or property investors, with some renting up to four properties.

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