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Mixed trends for unemployment in Galway city and county

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Unemployment in Galway is showing different trends in several areas.
Overall there was an increase of 211 on the Live Register for Galway in the month of May, compared to April, bringing the figure to 19 thousand 865 out of work.
This is despite some areas of the county showing a drop in unemployment.
The biggest increase in unemployment last month was in the city, where 308 more people signed on the Live Register.
The unemployment figure for the city is now just over 10 thousand.
Tuam also saw a slight increase in its jobless figure last month, with an extra 35 people signing on.
There are now just over 3 thousand people out of work in Tuam.
However bucking this trend were Ballinasloe, Clifden, Gort and Loughrea.
In Clifden 46 people came off the Live Register leaving just over a thousand people without jobs.
In Gort, 34 people came off the Live Register in May, leaving its jobless figure at just over 13 hundred.
Ballinasloe saw a decrease of 30 in its unemployment figure last month, leaving it at just over 2 thousand 250.
The area that saw the smallest decrease in unemployment last month was Loughrea, where 22 people came off the Live Register.
Loughrea’s unemployment figure now stands at just over 2 thousand 100.
Overall there are 19 thousand 865 people out of work in Galway, a decrease of almost 10 percent on the same period last year.

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Death announced of former Bishop of Galway

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Dr Martin Drennan.

The death has occurred of the former Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora Martin Drennan, six years after he announced his retirement on health grounds. He was aged 78.

The Galway Diocesan Office confirmed the death this (Saturday) afternoon of the Bishop and Apostolic Administrator Emeritus, who oversaw the Diocese for eleven years.

Born on January 2, 1944 in Piltown, County Kilkenny, he studied for the priesthood at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, from where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1968. His brother Michael is also a priest.

Following his ordination, he continued his studies in Rome where he was awarded a Licentiate in both sacred theology and sacred scripture. He returned to Rome in 1980 to become spiritual director at the Pontifical Irish College for the next five years.

He became a lecturer in sacred scripture at Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, where he continued to teach until his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop of Dublin in 1997 with responsibility for East Wicklow and South Dublin.

Following the retirement of Bishop James McLoughlin, Bishop Drennan was appointed Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh and Apostolic Administrator of Kilfenora and he was installed on July 3, 2005 in Galway Cathedral.

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O’Flaherty’s promising start

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Outgoing Cllr Terry O’Flaherty (Ind) is on course to retain her City Council seat – and top the poll in City East. 

With 33% of the boxes tallied, Cllr O’Flaherty is polling strongly, particularly in Renmore. 

Michael John Crowe is ahead of his running mate Alan Cheevers for the Fianna Fáil vote, according to the early figures, although that could change when Doughiska and Roscam boxes are opened. 

The Green Party’s Claire Hillery is on about 7%, with Fine Gael on 10% and Sinn Fein on 5%.

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Tallies underway as votes are sorted

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The opening of boxes for the local elections began at 9am this morning in Leisureland when the tallymen (and women) kicked into gear.

As regards the Galway County Council elections, the smaller areas are being opened first which means that the four-seater Connemara North boxes will be first in the pecking order.

It will be followed by Gort-Kinvara (5 seats), Connemara South (5 seats), Athenry-Oranmore (7 seats), Ballinasloe (6 seats), Loughrea (5 seats) and finally Tuam (7 seats).

The boxes in these areas will be opened and tallied in that particular order before being transferred to the Galway Lawn Tennis Club on Threadneedle Road where the counting will commence around mid-morning.

That is when the fun will really begin – although the tallies should give a good indication as to where most of the seats are destined.

As regards the city, the Galway City East boxes were opened first, followed by Galway City Central and finally Galway City West. These votes will be transferred to the Westside Centre by around 11am for counting.

There are 39 seats on Galway County Council to be filled with 18 on Galway City Council. The City Council count is expected to conclude on Saturday night but the County Council count – with seven electoral areas to be filled – could well go into Monday.

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