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City council chief says Galway 2020 governance is ‘robust’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Executive of Galway City Council says the governance and management of Galway 2020 is ‘robust and above board’.
Brendan McGrath says that as a director of Galway 2020 himself, he could stand over the accounting procedures and the process by which the project is being administered.
He made the comments at a meeting of the local authority last evening after several councillors raised concerns about the plans.
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Disposable income per person in Galway drops by 7% over 10 year period

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Disposable incomes per person in Galway dropped by 7% over a 10 year period.

According to the latest CSO figures, individual incomes fell from an average of €20,717 in 2008 to €19,226 in 2018.

Galway is one of only nine counties in which disposable incomes fell over the period.

Nationwide average incomes per person fell by just 2% between 2008 and 2018.

Meanwhile, average individual incomes increased by almost 18% in Dublin and 17% in Kildare from 2009 to 2018.

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GMIT moves step closer to forming Connacht-Ulster Alliance

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There has been confirmation that the formation of the Connacht-Ulster Alliance – which would see GMIT merge with several other IT’s – has moved a step closer.

Minister for Higher Education, Simon Harris, has confirmed that he expects an application seeking the merger to be delivered shortly.

He was responding to a query raised by Senator Aisling Dolan at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Education and Skills.

The CUA would be a technological university for the North-West region consisting of GMIT, Letterkenny IT and IT Sligo.

Fine Gael Senator Dolan says once approved and developed, it will transform the region.

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NUI Galway Student Union President says ‘blame game’ wont work in addressing rise of Covid Cases in city.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway Students Union president Pádraic Toomey has said that ‘negative messaging’ shouldn’t be used to address the sharp rise in Covid cases in Galway city centre.

The local electoral area has an incidence rate that’s five times the national average, and the highest in the country.

The rise in the incidence rate has been partly linked to the return of students to their accommodation in the city.

Mr Toomey, added the ‘blame game’ won’t work.

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