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Voting for Galway island communities to commence tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s island communities will go to the polls for the local and European elections tomorrow. (22/5)
There are 651 people registered to vote on Inis Mór, 203 on Inis Oirr, and 158 on Inis Meain – while Inishbofin has an electorate of 168.
Polling stations on the Aran Islands and Inishbofin will open to the 1,180 registered voters at 7am, and will remain open until 10 o’clock tomorrow night.

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LISTEN: New housing development in Ballinasloe town set to get Government approval

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A new housing development in Ballinasloe is set to get Government approval.

It’s understood Galway County Council will be given the go-ahead to begin preparations for the new 20 unit development in the heart of the town.

It will see the construction of seven two-bedroom houses, four one-bed apartments, as well as the renovation of 9 existing derelict units.

That’s according to Local Senator Eugene Murphy who has received confirmation from the Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

Senator Murphy says the new units are much needed and very welcome:

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Galway County Council launches 2021 chewing gum litter campaign

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway County Council has officially launched a chewing gum litter education campaign for 2021.

It’s a product of the Gum Litter Taskforce, a collaboration that includes stakeholders from Government, the food and drink industry and local authorities.

The Gum Litter Taskforce was set up in 2007 to tackle the prevelance of chewing gum litter through awareness campaigns.

At that time, just 54 percent of people said they disposed of their chewing gum in the correct way.

Four national campaigns and 13 years later, that figure has risen to 88 percent.

The clear shift in awareness around chewing gum is reflected in national litter stats – with chewing gum now accounting for a drastically lower proportion of littering nationwide.

The campaign is now making a return in an effort to ensure towns and villages remain clean from the scourge of chewing gum on public roads and paths, as many more people are socialing outdoors.

It’s been officially launched in Galway by Cathaoirleach Councillor Peter Keaveney – who’s urging communities to do their county and locality proud by supporting the campaign.

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Fáilte Ireland publishes draft operational guidelines in advance of re-opening of indoor hospitality

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Fáilte Ireland has issued draft operational guidelines for the hospitality industry in advance of the re-opening of indoor hospitality on Monday, July 26th 2021.

The operational guidelines have been developed by Government officials and Fáilte Ireland in consultation with the hospitality representative bodies.

The guidelines provide information and guidance on the systems and protective measures that must be implemented in accordance with public health advice and legislation underpinning this phase of the re-opening of indoor hospitality.

The guidelines will provide practical guidance for the safe reopening of indoor hospitality while also helping to instil public confidence in the safety of businesses.

While businesses providing indoor hospitality are being asked to implement and adhere to specified protective measures, so too must customers who are availing of indoor hospitality to ensure a safe environment for all.

The key element of this guidance is that reasonable steps must be taken to ensure that no person, other than a ‘permitted person’, is admitted to relevant indoor premises. Permitted persons are those with acceptable proof of immunity or children under 18 in their care.

Details of acceptable proofs of immunity, including the EU Digital COVID Certificate, are available on gov.ie/reopeninghospitality

Businesses may check the validity of EU Digital COVID Certificates using the online QR scanner at gov.ie/DCCchecker 

Customers may also be asked to present a photo ID to show that the proof of immunity relates to them.

Fáilte Ireland’s sector operational guidelines are updated in line with the Health (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 2021.

The operational guidelines are live on https://covid19.failteireland.ie/operational-guidelines/

Jenny De Saulles, Director of Sector Development at Fáilte Ireland, said the new guidelines are a ‘critical part in helping tourism businesses safely re-open for indoor hospitality’:

“Throughout this crisis we have been working with tourism and hospitality businesses and with Government to provide the businesses with the practical guidance and supports they need. The next phase of recovery is the re-opening of indoor hospitality and renewing its vital contribution to job creation and regional development. We will continue to focus our resources on providing critical operational and business supports to ensure the re-opening and recovery of tourism and hospitality and to safeguard the viability and competitiveness of our tourism industry.” 

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