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Unemployment figure drops by 9 per cent in Galway in September

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Unemployment figures in Galway fell again last month according to the latest data from the Central Statistics Office.
There were just over 10 thousand 800 people out of work in the city and county at the end of September, a drop of more than 11 hundred since August.
The biggest drop in unemployment figures last month was in the city, where almost 600 people came off the Live Register.
There are now just under 5 and a half thousand people out of work in the city.
In Tuam, 162 people came off the Live Register in September, leaving its jobless figure at just over 15 hundred.
The next biggest drop in unemployment last month was in Loughrea, where 155 people came off the Live Register.
There are now almost 12 hundred people without jobs in Loughrea.
Over one hundred people came off the Live Register in Ballinasloe in September, leaving its jobless figure at 12 hundred.
Gort also saw a drop in unemployment last month.
90 people came off the Live Register in September, leaving its unemployment figure at 785.
Following the trend of a decrease in unemployment figures last month was Clifden, which saw 25 people come off the Live Register.
There are now 652 people out of work in Clifden.
Overall there are just over 10 thousand 800 people out of work in the city and county, a drop of more than 14 per cent on the same period last year and a 9 per cent drop on August’s figure.

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Concerns raised over bus capacity as children return to school across Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over bus capacity issues as children return to schools across Galway today.

City Councillor Martina O’Connor has said it’s vital that no child is left behind as the education sector reopens.

She argues earlier school returns throughout the pandemic have seen numerous incidents of buses being too full to collect school going children from bus stops.

Councillor O’Connor accepts there is a need for reduced capacity on public transport but says the Government must provide additional buses to make sure all children are catered for.

She says young people have suffered a lot in the last year and they deserve to travel to school in comfort.

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Bank of Ireland to close three county Galway branches

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bank of Ireland is to close branches in Ballygar, Dunmore and Oughterard.

The bank is shutting 88 outlets in the Republic, and 15 in Northern Ireland.

The Bank will continue to operate with 169 branches, including 15 in Galway.

In a statement, the bank says it will be complemented by a new partnership with An Post, offering Bank of Ireland customers services at more than 66 post office locations across Galway city and county.

Staff have been briefed on this morning’s announcement, with the closures mainly affecting self-service branches and coming into effect by the end of September.

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Software integration firm to expand team in West of Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Software integration firm, SL Controls, is to expand its team in the West with the creation of 15 roles.

The firm will create 15 roles at its Galway and Sligo bases and 50 new jobs overall over the next 18 months.

SL Controls has expanded its employee number steadily and, over the last three years, has increased overall headcount by 40.

A percentage of the new hires will be location independent remote roles and others will be offered the option of hybrid working where employees can combine working from home with working from an office.

SL was established in 2002 and is an international provider of equipment system integrated solutions to a range of brands across a number of industries including medtech, pharma, healthcare and technology.

The firm has offices at Mervue Businnes Park in Galway, Sligo, Dublin, Limerick and Florida and has customers in Ireland, across mainland Europe and the US.

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