Several city councillors have expressed their disappointment at the fact that the new city manager did not come from within Galway city council.
Their comments came as they approved the public appointments commission nominee to the post Meath County Manager Brendan McGrath to the post.
Cllr Frank Fahy told the chamber he was disappointed neither acting city manager nor dir of services Ciaran Hayes got the job.
This view was echoed by several members who said they were disappointed with the outcome on that the nominee did not come from in house
Joe O Neill was praised for his excellent stewardship of the city for the last 3 years and for always having the welfare and the economic drive of the city at heart
Cllr Catherine Connolly said the city has had 7 managers in 14 years and the question needs to be asked is the city best served in this way
Outgoing manager Joe O Neill thanked cllrs for their kind comments and said that as a native of the city it is always an honour for him to serve the city council and quipped he’ll be around for a while more
He said he will inform cllrs of Brendan McGrath’s start date when it’s finalised
Mayor Terry O Flaherty summed up cllrs views in welcoming MrMcGrath and said ge faces a tough challenge as it’s a big city to deal with
The Indian Ambassador praises Galway during city visit
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- The Indian Ambassador has expressed his admiration for Galway during his visit for Asia Business Week.
Ambassador Akhilesh Mishra kicked off the week with a talk at ATU Galway today.
The ambassador complimented what he called a ‘synergy’ between Ireland and India.
He also said it’s important for international engagement across the whole country:
Protest at County Hall over lack of engagement on Athlone-Galway Greenway
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- A protest has taken place at County Hall over an alleged lack of engagement with local residents on the planned Athlone to Galway Greenway.
A preferred route has emerged which goes from Athlone through Shannonbridge, Meelick, Portumna, Gort, Kinvara and into Galway City.
But local residents and landowners argue there’s been no meaningful engagement and they’re still “in the dark” about many aspects of the development.
At County Hall today, they carried banners with a wide range of slogans, including “No trust means no Greenway”.
These people voiced their concerns about what route may be taken between Kinvara and Kilcolgan:
Over €100m investments in ATU Galway and GRETB
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Over 100 million euro is being invested in ATU Galway and GRETB for two educational projects.
Higher Education Minister Simon Harris announced the capital investments on his visit to the city today.
€77 million is going toward a new state-of-the-art campus for Galway Roscommon Educational Training Board in Wellpark
While ATU Galway is receiving €30m for a new multidisciplinary teaching and learning building on the Galway City Campus
Speaking at Galway Community College, Minister Harris, says the investment will increase capacity at both colleges: