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Ten per cent drop in numbers out of work in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a 10% drop in unemployment in County Galway over the past year.

There were 20,204 people out of work in the city and county at the end of March last year, and that’s fallen to 19,950.

The biggest decrease in unemployment over the last year was in the city, where over 1,200 people came off the Live Register.

The city now has an unemployed figure of just over 9,900, down by 130 since the end of February.

The biggest decrease in the county was in Tuam, where 84 people came off the live register.

The jobless figure for Tuam now stands at 2964.

The unemployment figure for Clifden dropped by 82, and now stands at 1133.

In Gort, 71 people came off the live register last month.

Gort’s unemployment figure now stands at 1,333

In Ballinasloe, the jobless figure dropped by 42 to 2339.

Loughrea’s unemployment figure at the end of March was 2,200, down by 40 since the end of February.

The overall drop for city and county shows a 10% reduction in unemployment over the past 12 months.

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High-speed broadband to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – High-speed broadband infrastructure is to be rolled out in rural parts of Clarinbridge and Oranmore in the coming weeks.

Parts of Renville, Maree Road, and Ballynamanagh East in Clarinbridge are to be among the first areas to be connected to the high-speed network in 2021.

It’s part of National Broadband Ireland’s €153-milliion investment in Galway that sets out to have nearly 40,000 premises connected in locations where commercial operators have indicated that they will not be providing such services.

Minister of State and Galway West TD Hildegarde Naughton says the roll-out will equip homes with standard 500 MB download speeds once connected.

Over 3,500 premises have been surveyed to date in Galway and network designs have been completed for the delivery of a fibre-to-the-home network in these areas.

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Public consultation launched on Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation has been launched on the Galway City Development Plan 2023-2029.

The plan will provide a framework for how the city will grow and develop during that time.

The new plan will build on the current Galway City Development Plan, which runs until 2023.

It’ll focus on a wide range of issues including housing, transportation, economic activity, climate change, community development, recreation facilities, parks, open spaces, arts, culture, heritage, and tourism.

Galway City Council is inviting everyone including residents, community groups and business owners who live or work within the city boundaries, to have their say on its future direction and growth.

The local authority says it’s particularly interested in hearing the views of children and young people in Galway City.

The public consultation is open until Friday, March 5th.

Submissions or observations can be made online at consult.galwaycity.ie – through post to the planning department at City Hall – or by emailing devplan@galwaycity.ie.

A series of public online meetings will also be held by The Galway City Community Network next month to discuss the development plan.

They’ll be themed ‘townhall’ style virtual meetings that will focus on specific topics on various dates between Wednesday, February 3rd and Monday the 22nd.

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City Council faces calls to respond to An Taisce report concerning raw sewage at River Corrib and Galway Bay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway City Council to respond to an An Taisce study which reported that large quantities of raw sewage are entering the River Corrib and Galway Bay.

The study compiled in Autumn 2020 states that the equivalent of 35 swimming pools of wastewater are entering the bodies of water in the city each month.

The investigation also claims the council failed to report frequent discharges of wastewater containing untreated sewage as individual incidents to the EPA.

City Councillor John Connolly has said the report indicates the Local Authority may have breached European regulations.

He’s calling for the council to provide more frequent updates on water quality in the city….

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