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SURVEY SHOW BRAZILIANS IN GORT FEAR FOR THEIR JOBS

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Date Published: 12-May-2008

A new survey of the Brazilian community in the town of Gort has shown that many people with an undocumented status fear losing their jobs.

Today’s Irish Times reports that the informal employment agreements between employers and the Brazilians can lead to exploitation.

The research was carried out by Brian McGrath of NUI Galway and was presented over the weekend at the Sociological Association of Ireland conference which also took place in Galway.

According to the survey many Brazilians work in an ‘informal economy’ on the basis of trust.

A number of Brazilians interviewed said that while family networks make it easier to settle in the town, a dominant majority from Goias in south Brazil ‘closed’ the area to other people.

Over a third of Gort’s population are now Brazilian since the first small group arrived almost 10 years ago

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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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.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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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.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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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.

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