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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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Disposable income per person in Galway drops by 7% over 10 year period

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Disposable incomes per person in Galway dropped by 7% over a 10 year period.

According to the latest CSO figures, individual incomes fell from an average of €20,717 in 2008 to €19,226 in 2018.

Galway is one of only nine counties in which disposable incomes fell over the period.

Nationwide average incomes per person fell by just 2% between 2008 and 2018.

Meanwhile, average individual incomes increased by almost 18% in Dublin and 17% in Kildare from 2009 to 2018.

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GMIT moves step closer to forming Connacht-Ulster Alliance

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There has been confirmation that the formation of the Connacht-Ulster Alliance – which would see GMIT merge with several other IT’s – has moved a step closer.

Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, has confirmed that he expects an application seeking the merger to be delivered shortly.

He was responding to a query raised by Senator Aisling Dolan at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills.

The CUA would be a technological university for the North-West region consisting of GMIT, Letterkenny IT and IT Sligo.

Fine Gael Senator Dolan says once approved and developed, it will transform the region.

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NUI Galway Student Union President says ‘blame game’ wont work in addressing rise of Covid Cases in city.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway Students Union president Pádraic Toomey has said that ‘negative messaging’ shouldn’t be used to address the sharp rise in Covid cases in Galway city centre.

The local electoral area has an incidence rate that’s five times the national average, and the highest in the country.

The rise in the incidence rate has been partly linked to the return of students to their accommodation in the city.

Mr Toomey, added the ‘blame game’ won’t work.

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