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Trade unions to join Ability West dispute over pay restoration

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Staff at Ability West in Galway could see a number of trade unions join in its dispute over pay restoration.
Members of SIPTU working at Ability West and other Section 39 organisations which are due to strike on the 18th of September – could now be joined by trade unions Fórsa and Unite.
According to the Irish Times, Fórsa and Unite say they will be consulting with members to consider appropriate action over the issue of pay restoration.

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Slight drop in Pandemic Unemployment Payment claims across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a very slight drop in the number of people claiming the Pandemic Unemployment Payment across Galway.

25,082 people will claim the payment today – a drop of over 200 people compared to this day last week.

Nationally, almost 469 thousand people will receive the PUP payment this week, a drop of 4,500 on last week.

All employment sectors – except Electrical/Gas/Water Supply – have seen fewer people claim the payment this week.

While Accommodation and Food Service Activities remains the most supported sector, with 110 thousand people across the country receiving the PUP.

Overall, €140m will be paid into bank accounts today

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Concern over considerable drop in admission rates at Acute Mental Health Unit at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns are being raised over a considerable drop in admission rates at the Acute Mental Health Unit at UHG.

The matter has been raised at Regional Health Forum West level by Councillor John Connolly.

He notes that occupancy rates last year were down considerably, with over two thousand less patients passing through the unit compared to 2019.

He has asked if this was due to limitations on capacity as a result of Covid-19, but an immediate answer was not available.

Councillor Connolly says the sharp drop in admittals is a cause for concern and clarity is needed.

Councillor Connolly says the real issue is that people who need help could potentially be unable to access the service.

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Shannon masterplan set to see major redevelopment of Connacht Harbour in Portumna

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A masterplan for the Shannon is being unveiled today and includes a major redevelopment of Connacht Harbour in Portumna.

The Shannon tourism masterplan sets out to invest more than €70 million in visitor facilities in the Shannon river region by 2030 and aims to boost visitor numbers by 400,000 over the next 9 years.

The re-development of Connacht Harbour in Portumna would include a significant expansion of the number of mooring berths in the harbour for public use.

There would also be the addition of a canoe step for access to the Lough Derg Blueway; additional onshore facilities such as seating and picnic areas; a new cycle and walking trail linking Connacht Harbour to the town and Lough Derg Blueway.

The masterplan would also provide additional parking facilities to the existing car park and improved visual impact of the harbour by creating a sense of arrival in the town.

The project is led by Waterways Ireland with Fáilte Ireland and 10 Local Authorities along the River Shannon and Shannon-Erne Waterway.

Three key themes are identified in the plan, The Shannon, Mighty River of Ireland, Shannon Journey’s and Adventures and The Natural Timeless Shannon.

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