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UNEMPLOYMENT RISES ONCE MORE IN GALWAY

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta

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Date Published: 05-Dec-2011

Unemployment in Galway is starting to nudge upwards again.

The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the number of people out of work rose in the city, Clifden and Gort.

The biggest rise in the number of employees without jobs was in the city where 103 more workers signed on in November, bringing the jobless total in the city to almost 11,700.

65 more people joined the dole queues in Clifden, where just over 1,300 people have no work.

Unemployment also rose very slightly in Gort where 8 people were added to the live register.

164 people came off the dole in the towns of Ballinasloe, Tuam and Loughrea however.

Tuam’s jobless fell by 96 to 3,300, Loughrea’s live register fell by 39 to 2,300 people, while Ballinasloe’s unemployment dropped by 29 to 2,500 unemployed workers.

Our high emigration rate is thought to be a contributing factor.

The total jobless figure for the county lies at 22,446 people, up by 12 since last month.

That’s still 245 fewer people on the live register compared to November last year.

 

 

 

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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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