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UNEMPLOYMENT IN GALWAY DROPS AGAIN

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 07-Nov-2011

Unemployment in Galway is continuing to come down.

Last month 647 people came off the Live Register in the city and county, meaning there are now 22,400 people out of work in Galway.

The biggest drop in unemployment last month was in the city, where 471 people came off the Live Register.

There are now 11,500 people out of work in the city.

In the county, the biggest decrease in unemployment last month was in Loughrea – 82 less people were on the Live Register leaving a jobless figure of just over 2,300.

Tuam saw a drop of 56 in its Live Register figure last month, meaning there are now just over 3,300 people without jobs there.

Ballinasloe saw a drop of 15 in unemployment figures last month leaving its jobless figure at almost two and a half thousand.

Gort saw a similar decrease, with 14 less people on the Live Register in October.

Gort’s jobless figure is now just over 1,400.

9 people came off the Live Register in Clifden last month leaving just over 1,200 people without jobs in the area.

Overall unemployment dropped by 647 in Galway last month, compared to the previous month.

It’s also a drop of more than 400 on the same period last year, although the high emigration rate is thought to be a contributing factor.

 

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Visiting restrictions lifted at UHG following vomiting bug outbreak

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 08-May-2013

Visiting restrictions have been lifted at University Hospital Galway following an outbreak of the winter vomiting virus.

The restrictions had been in place on impacted wards since April 22nd.

Ann Cosgrove, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals says visiting restrictions are now being lifted as the outbreak is considered to be over.

However she warns that there are signs that the Winter Vomiting Virus is still active in the community.

 

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Two men before courts over county grow houses

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 10-May-2013

Two Asian men have appeared in court for sentence in connection with the discovery of cannabis "grow houses" in Tuam and Loughrea last year.

They appeared before Galway Circuit court.

Vietnamese national, 48 year old Hai Fam pleaded guilty before Galway Circuit Court to the possession and cultivation of 189 cannabis plants worth €151,000 at a dormer bungalow at Raheen Oughter, Loughrea on August 28 last year.

In a separate case, Malaysian national, 34 year old Lim Chun Wan, pleaded guilty to the cultivation of 360 cannabis plants worth €288,000 at another rurally located house at Riverview, Corbally, Tuam on June 2 last year.

Judge Rory McCabe said an appropriate sentence in Hai Fam’s case was five years.

He put a stay on the order until next Wednesday to give the accused time to prove his travel arrangements.

He sentenced Lim Chun Wan to seven years in prison, given the greater value of plants found in his care.

He directed the remainder of the men’s sentences be suspended on their leaving this jurisdiction and warned them that if they ever returned to Ireland they would serve the balance of their sentence.

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City arthouse cinema granted 200 thousand euro

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 14-May-2013

Galway City Council has agreed to provide 200 thousand euro in funding to the Art House cinema project.

It’s being termed as a final allocation, to be donated over four years, and is subject to the project securing further finance from the Western Development Commission.

The decision was made at last evening’s city council meeting where representatives of Solas explained how they are attempting to bridge a shortfall in funding to bring the building to completion.

The City Council acquired the site for the Art House Cinema on Merchants Road at a cost of 1.8 million euro, and donated it by way of long term lease.

Construction has been plagued with difficulties, however it’s now hoped the building will be completed this Autumn, and could be open by early 2014.

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