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Unemployment continues to fall in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Unemployment in Galway is down by nearly 13 per cent since last year.
The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that around 500 people came off the Live Register during the month of August.
There are now just over 11 thousand 900 people out of work in Galway.
The biggest drop in unemployment in August was in the city where 268 people came off the Live Register.
There are now just over 6 thousand people without jobs in the city.
In the county, the biggest drop in unemployment was in Tuam, where almost 100 people came off the Live Register last month.
There are now just over 1 thousand 700 people out of work in Tuam.
Ballinasloe saw a drop of 58 on its unemployment figure last month, meaning there are now just over 13 hundred people without jobs.
In Loughrea, the unemployment figure fell by 52 in August, so there are now just over 13 hundred people out of work in the town and its surrounds.
There was a decrease of 24 in Live Register figures for Gort last month, leaving its unemployment figure at 875.
In Clifden there was a slight drop in the Live Register in August, with 11 less people signing on.
Clifden’s unemployment figure now stands at 677.
Overall there are just under 12 thousand people out of work in Galway city and county, a drop of almost 13 per cent since the same time last year.

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Local senator uses Seanad to criticize ‘inappropriately light’ sentences for serial burglars

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- A local senator has used the Seanad to highlight an alleged trend of inappropriately light sentencing for those who repeatedly commit burglary.

Senator Ollie Crowe cited the case of a man sentenced to five years in prison for a string of offenses, including burgling the home of an 83 year old woman in Galway City while she was home.

However, he argued that it doesn’t seem like much of a deterrent considering the convicted will be likely released long before that.

Senator Crowe said sentencing should reflect the fact that invasions of this kind can leave people terrified in their own homes.

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Oranmore firm Oran Precast sold to Kildare-based Kilsaran

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- Well known Oranmore precast firm, Oran Precast, has been sold to Kildare-based company Kilsaran.

No figure has been disclosed for the deal, which will see Kilsaran now operate out of Oranmore and its existing facility in Co. Kildare.

Kilsaran says the acquisition gives it the ability to provide a full complement of precast elements to serve both the Irish and UK markets.

Staff at the Oranmore facility have been informed of the move, and Kilsaran says the current management team will remain and lead the combined business.

Derek Duffy has been appointed Managing Director of Kilsaran Precast while John Dooley has been named Commercial Director for the combined entity.

Oran Precast, based at Deerpark in Oranmore, manufactured it’s first precast products in 1981.

The Kilsaran Group was founded in 1964 and currently employs more than 500 people at locations across the country.

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Galway TD describes Government response to COVID as “moronic, stupid and idiotic”

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Galway Bay FM newsroom- A Galway West TD has described the Government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as moronic, stupid and idiotic.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to the ongoing debate in the Dáil this afternoon on the proposed return of mandatory hotel quarantine.

Deputy Connolly was sharply critical of the Government’s response – particularly the taking of actions without any thorough analysis or debate.

She also outlined how the Government’s previous preoccupation with the safe reopening of nightclubs while respite services and day services remained closed with little debate.

Deputy Connolly apologised for her tiredness in the Dáil – she was one of the few sitting in the chamber at 8am, but noted she had been up until 2am reading the legislation.

And she told Minister Stephen Donnolly that “moronic” is the only way to sum up the Government’s overall response to COVID-19.

Meanwhile, contributing to the ongoing Debate, Galway East TD Sean Canney said those “without a voice” are being left behind in the discussion.

Addressing the Dáil, he said it’s been a particularly horrible two years for some people, and it’s vital that we do not leave them behind as we go forward.

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