Galway Bay fm newsroom – Turfcutters have defied Department and EU regulations today (Sunday) by cutting turf in Monivea Bog which was designated a Special Area of Conservation.
A spokesperson for the turfcutters says they have been cutting turf in the bog since 5 am today.
Gardai visited the bog earlier in the morning and again before midday but the turfcutting has continued.
The turfcutter’s spokesperson said 11 machines have been operating in the Monivea bog and while 76 banks of turf were cut there last year it is intended to cut a greater number of banks of turf this season.
Campaign to inspire more Galway women to get involved in politics
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Efforts are underway to inspire more women to become involved in politics in Galway City and County.
Just 23 percent of TDs in the Dail are women while only 25% of local councillors across the country are female.
While 60 % of the representatives in the Galway West constituency are women, other areas of the county and city have very low numbers of female politicians.
In a bid to get more females involved, the Women For Election group will be providing online training over 3 weeks for those who are interested in getting involved.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Caitriona Gleeson of Women For Election says a lack of female representation, particularly at a national level, can have a real and lasting impact.
Galway TD Tells Dáil City Housing Affordability Now At Crisis Point
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: A Galway TD has told the Dáil that the unaffordability of housing in Galway city is at absolute crisis point, with locals unable to get on the property ladder.
Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell says there’s an urgent need to increase affordable and social housing in preserving and building communities in Galway.
She referenced a 345 build-to-rent apartment development at Crown Square in Mervue which has recently got the go ahead from An Bord Pleanála.
Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy Farrell says it’s time to favour people and communities over developers and profits.
Galway East Minister Says Wage Subsidy Scheme To Employ People with Disabilities In the Private Sector Should be Reviewed
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway’s Minister for Disability says a review of the Wage Subsidy Scheme for Employers is needed to help address the low employment rate for people with disabilities in Ireland.
According to new research by the ESRI, the country now has the fourth lowest employment rate among people with a disability in the EU,
It also highlights that people with a disability in Ireland are more than twice as likely to experience poverty and deprivation than those without.
The Wage Subsidy Scheme gives financial support to private sector employers who can provide between 21 and 39 hours of employment per week to workers with a disability.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway East Minister for Disability Anne Rabbitte says the current scheme is not working and needs to reviewed.