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City chief supports amalgamation of Galway local authorities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Executive of Galway City Council feels the structure of the local authority needs to change in order to secure funding for urban regeneration.
At a meeting of the local authority last night (11/6), Brendan McGrath said key sites in the city need to be progressed under the National Planning Framework.
He suggested that the city and county councils should be merged to avoid doubling up on some services and in order to secure the maximum NPF funding.
The key sites mentioned by CEO, Brendan McGrath, include Ceannt Station, the developmenet of the port, Eyre Square East, the Crowne site in Mervue, a site at Headford Road and Nun’s Island.
The CEO said the private Bonham Docks development which is currently going through the planning process is very important for inward investment and sustainable living.
Housing was another significant concern raised by Brendan McGrath.
He said there is a shortfall about about 3 thousand residential units in the city with the population growing by 1 thousand per year.
Brendan McGrath says 350 new housing units need to be built each year to keep up with demand.
He also added that a masterplan for the jointly-owned Galway Airport site in Carnmore needs to be developed, after Councillor McNelis stated he heard rumours that Boeing is interested in the site.
Sinn Féin Councillor Cathal Ó Chonchúir agreed with the city chief and said the city council could not operate in isolation from the county.
Councillor Donal Lyons says he has concerns that members are being ‘kept in the dark’ regarding reasons for amalgamation or the savings it would purportedly make.
Brendan McGrath told the meeting that both the city and county councils need financial and human resources.
He said the first round of bids for National Planning Framework funding would be made in the autumn with a decision expected before the end of the year.

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Gardai in Mayo renew their appeal for Information on the 22nd Anniversary of the disappearance of Sandra Collins

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Gardai in Ballina Co Mayo have renewed their appeal for Information on the 22nd Anniversary of the disappearance of Sandra Collins.

Sandra Collins was last seen on the night of Monday, 4th December 2000 at approximately 11pm in the Country Kitchen premises on George’s Street, Killala, Co. Mayo.

She was 28 years old at the time of her disappearance.

The search for Sandra has continued over the past 22 years and the investigation into her disappearance remains active.

An Garda Síochána and the Collins family are encouraging anyone who might have information, which perhaps they thought was insignificant at the time, to come forward.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Ballina Garda Station on 096 20560, the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111, Crimestoppers 1800 250 025 or any Garda station.

 

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Local TD says €2.5m funding “vital lifeline” to local radio

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD says the announcement of 2.5 million euro in additional funding for the broadcasting sector is a “vital lifeline” for local radio.

The allocation has been made through the Sound and Vision Scheme, which provides grants for the creation of high-quality programmes.

Galway East Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon says local radio provides a very important public service and deserves greater support.

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TFI Local Link to launch new service between Ballinasloe and Castlerea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – TFI Local Link Galway will launch a new service between Ballinasloe and Castlerea on Monday.

Route 546 will operate three times a day in each direction.

It’ll cover Castlerea, Williamstown, Glenamaddy, Kilkerrin, Moylough, Mountbellew, Caltra, Ahascragh and Ballinasloe.

The new service will also provide commuters with a new peak-time service that interchanges with direct services to Galway from Ballinasloe.

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