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Athenry-Oranmore councillors send message to Government by rejecting local Budget

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry/Oranmore Municipal District Council has voted to reject the proposed Budget for the district.
At a meeting of the MDC this week, all councillors expressed disappointment at what they call the ‘discriminatory’ nature of allocating funding across all five districts in the county.
The envisaged expenditure for 2019 for the district will be 3.1 million euro, up from 2.2 million euro for 2018.
This is due to an increase in roads grants funding from the government.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Martina Kinane, who is on the finance committee of the council, says there is no additional income to be found for the Athenry/Oranmore area.
She said it’s a ‘sad reflection’ that the best thing the district councillors can offer is that they hope to keep the streets cleaned.
Independent Councillor Jim Cuddy said that the funding for Oranmore/Athenry is totally inadequate and he requested the figures for other municipal districts to be furnished to them.
Independent Councillor Gabe Cronnelly said that the majority of motorists from south and east Galway go through the Oranmore/Athenry district as part of rat runs, but the area ‘gets nothing in return’.
Councillor Frank Kearney proposed the adoption of the Budget for the municipal district saying they still have to fight for what they can, but didn’t get a councillor to second his proposal.
The other councillors present, voted in favour of Councillor James Charity’s motion to reject the Budget and seeking a meeting with representatives for the Department of Local Government about the issue.
Meanwhile, Tuam councillors have adopted the budget for the municipal district for 2019.
The envisaged expenditure for the region is 6.9 million euro, up from 5.5 million euro in 2018, due to an increase in roads funding.
The draft budgetary plan was presented by Head of Finance Ger Mullarkey at a special meeting today.
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Minister Ryan appoints Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh chairperson of Shannon Group

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh has been appointed Chairperson designate of the Shannon Group.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan announced the move today, saying Mr O’Ceidigh will bring extensive experience and sectoral knowledge to the role.

He has held senior management positions including Executive Officer and Chairman of Aer Arann for some 26 years, and served as a Senator

Commenting on his appointment, Mr O’Ceidigh said Shannon Airport is a vital economic engine for the Shannon Region and wider west of Ireland economy.

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Funding approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that funding will be provided for the additional accommodation

It includes two new mainstream classrooms and a special education teacher room to cater for the current demand within the recently built school.

Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney says it’s important that an area like Lackagh has the capacity to deliver education in modern facilities – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Slight fall in numbers claiming PUP in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just over 106,000 people will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week.

That’s a drop of over 4,500 on last week.

The greatest reduction was in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.

In Galway, the drop in number is very small this week – it’s gone down 260

This means 5,440 people are still on the PUP in Galway

Commenting on the national figures Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys say today’s figures show the number claiming payments has now fallen for 33 consecutive weeks.

Since February, the number of young people, under the age of 25, who were claiming the PUP is down by over 90 per cent.

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