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Unemployment dropped by 1.5 percent last month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Unemployment is continuing to drop in parts of Galway.

Across the city and county, unemployment fell by 324 last month, compared to October, a decrease of 1 and a half percent.

There are now 20 thousand people out of work in Galway.

The biggest drop in people on social welfare was in the city where 338 people came off the Live Register.

There are now just over 9 thousand 9 hundred people out of work in the city.

In Loughrea there was also a decrease in unemployment in November with 52 less people signing on.

The unemployment figure for Loughrea is now just under 2 thousand 200.

Tuam was another area which saw a drop in its jobless figure last month, with 33 coming off the Live Register.

There are now just under three thousand people out of work in Tuam.

There was a slight drop of 14 in unemployment in Gort last month, leaving the figure there at just under 14 hundred.

Not all areas experienced drops in unemployment in November however.

Clifden saw its jobless figure rise by more than a hundred.

There are now just over 11 hundred people out of work in Clifden.

In Ballinasloe, just one extra person joined the Live Register last month, bringing the figure there to just over 2 thousand 3 hundred people out of work.

While Galway saw a 1.5 percent decrease in unemployment last month, compared to October, overall the year on year difference is a drop of more than 5 percent.

There are 20 thousand people out of work in Galway now, compared to almost 22 thousand this time last year.

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Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU rewetting laws will devastate stock levels

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice says proposed EU laws on the rewetting of drained peatlands being used for agriculture will devastate stock levels.

The regulations have high reclaimation targets set – 30 percent by 2030, 50 percent by 2040 and 70 percent by 2050.

Farmers have expressed fierce opposition to the proposals but Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed his support in a Dáil exchange with Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Deputy Fitzmaurice says if it comes to pass, the impact on stock will be devastating.

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County council seeks funding for Athenry to Oranmore cycleway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has submitted a funding application for a new cycleway connecting Athenry to Oranmore.

It would be funded under Transport Minister Eamon Ryan’s Pathfinder grant programme for cycling and walking schemes.

The Athenry/Oranmore cycleway proposes to connect both areas and surrounds to Galway city.

Local TD Ciaran Cannon vows to make a strong case for the project at Government level:

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Immunology experts to host fireside chat in Galmont Hotel tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – World renowned immunologist Luke O’Neill will be discussing infectious diseases at the Galmont Hotel in the city tomorrow.

He will be joined by Poolbeg Pharma co-founder Cathal Friel for a fireside chat to forecast the future of Covid-19 and influenza in Ireland over the coming months.

The free event, which starts at 5:30pm, is open to all members of the public and places can be booked on poolbegpharma.com.

Cathal Friel gives his thoughts on how we should handle Covid-19 infections going forward.

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