Galway Bay fm newsroom – Acting Garda Commissioner, Connemara-native Dónall Ó Cualáin, will step down from the position at midnight.
Mr. Ó Cualáin assumed the position in September following the resignation of then Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan.
Since September, Carna-native Dónall Ó Cualáin has been acting Garda Commissioner as a lengthy campaign sought a replacement for outgoing Commissioner Nóirín O’ Sullivan.
Her resignation came as no great surprise to many and followed some twelve months of mounting pressure for her to step down from the position.
Acting commissioner Ó Cualáin, a fluent-Irish speaker, was previously a sergeant on the Aran Islands before becoming a Superintendent and subsequently Chief Superintendent of the Galway garda division.
In 2012, he was appointed as an assistant commissioner and two years later Nóirín Ó Sullivan appointed him as deputy commissioner.
Mr. Ó Cualáin had already been covering the commissioner role during the extended summer holiday period while Nóirín Ó Sullivan was on leave.
At the time, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said it would likely be a lengthy process to select her replacement – but said he was pleased Deputy Commissioner Ó Cualáin was stepping into the role.
However, at that time, Mr. Ó Cualáin announced that while he would remain in the interim position until a replacement was found, he would not be putting himself forward for the permanent job.
Now, Acting Commissioner Ó Cualáin will step down at one minute past midnight, to make way for new Garda Commissioner Drew Harris.
Mr. Harris will be attested at Kevin Street Divisional Headquarters in Dublin in a private ceremony to be held just after midnight.
Housing reports illustrate continued rise in property prices in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – House prices in county Galway have risen by 4% in the last year and by 1.6% in Galway city.
The latest housing report from MyHome.ie finds the average house price in the county stands at €260,000 and €282,000 in the city.
In county Galway, two-bed apartment prices saw a solid 5.5% rise to €210,000.
The median price for four-bed semi-detached houses in county Galway stood at 285,000, flat on the year.
House prices have climbed 9% higher across the country compared to the same time last year.
New reports from Myhome and Daft show inflation is down from 13 percent recorded in the second quarter.
According to MyHome, the average house price nationally is now €308,000, while the Daft report has the figure at €288,000.
Author of the Daft report, Ronan Lyons, says increases in cities outside Dublin aren’t as high as at the start of the pandemic….
LISTEN: Germans return home to vote in Parliament elections
Voting continues in Germany where people are choosing a new Parliament, which will not be lead by Angela Merkel.
She will be stepping down after 16 years, with state Governor Armin Laschet, Green Party rep Annalena Baerbock and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz vying for the role.
About 60 million people will cast their votes today, but no party is expected to come anywhere close to an outright majority.
Angela Merkel will remain as Chancellor until a coalition can be formed.
Many German citizens returned home so they could vote in the election.
Stephanie Klapp, who is from Kassel in the federal state of Hesse is a school teacher at ArdScoil Mhuire in Ballinasloe.
She flew back to Germany to vote this weekend. She told John Mulligan that the general feeling is that Olaf Scholz will be the next Chancellor:
LISTEN: Tuam Stadium Development receives a boost with visit of Minister for Sport
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The ongoing development of Tuam Stadium received a boost with the visit of Minister of Sport Jack Chambers yesterday.
Minister Chamber’s visit to Tuam stadium was one of a number of visits the Minister was making to venues in the West of Ireland over the past number of days and is seen as important as Tuam Stadium continues its development of the ground and surrounding areas.
The minister was accompanied by Chairman of infrastructure with Galway GAA John Moylan, Independent Galway East Deputies Sean Canney and Anne Rabbitte, Galway West Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv, Micheal Geraghty, Chairperson of the Tuam Stadium Committee and Sean Carter of the Development Advocates For Tuam Stadium as he was showed the work that has been done at the ground to date.
John Moylan explained what happened at the visit
Deputy Sean Canny said it was important to show the Minister what was happening at Tuam stadium
Deputy Anne Rabbitte said the visit was significant in showing the minister the positivity that surrounds the development