Unemployment is down slightly in Galway according to the latest figures from the Central Statistics Office.
Last month, there were 21 thousand 768 people on the Live Register compared to over 22 thousand 200 in March, a difference of 436.
The biggest drop in unemployment in April was in Tuam where more than a hundred people came off the Live Register.
The unemployment figure for Tuam now stands at 3 thousand 175.
In Ballinasloe, there was a drop of 87 in its jobless figure, leaving just over 2 thousand 400 without work.
There was a similar drop of 83 in the numbers on the Live Register in the city.
There are now just over 11 thousand 100 people out of work in Galway city.
The next biggest drop in unemployment was in Clifden, where 74 people came off the Live Register.
Its jobless figure now stands at just over 11 hundred.
56 people came off the Live Register in Gort last month, meaning there are just over 14 hundred people there without work.
In Loughrea, 34 people came off the Live Register last month, leaving its unemployment figure at almost 2 thousand 400.
Taoiseach grilled in Dáil over lack of Gardai in rural Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Micheal Martin has been grilled in the Dáil over a lack of Gardai in rural areas across Galway.
Raising the issue, Deputy Clare Kerrane outlined how Garda numbers are falling since 2009 despite a significant increase in the population.
She argued people are living in fear – and a real plan is needed to tackle rural crime and anti-social behavior.
TD Mairéad Farrell says children’s mental health care has reached ‘crisis point’
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Local TD Mairéad Farrell is warning children’s mental health care in Galway and Ireland is at a ‘crisis point’.
The Galway West TD cites there are almost 300 young people waiting for appointments with CAHMS across Galway, Roscommon and Mayo.
She says it’s unacceptable children are waiting over a year for access to Child and Adolescent Mental Health services.
Deputy Farrell is urging the Government to address the situation.
Car parking charges to be introduced at Leisureland next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car parking charges are to be introduced at Leisureland next week.
The move was announced in August due to the difficulty experienced by visitors and members trying to find on-site parking.
From Wednesday, Leisureland will start utilising newly-installed car barrier systems.
The cost of parking will be €2 per hour, or €12 for the day – with no overnight parking or camping permitted.
Gym and pool members will continue to have access to free parking.
The management company says the new charges will ensure better availability and a better service to members and other users of the facilities.
New bike parking stations have also been installed, while 22 parking spaces in the front section have been reserved as a set-down area.