Galway city council is defending returning a collection of paintings and sculptures without the knowledge of some councillors.
The ‘Daly collection’ was given to the city council under a loan agreement in 1989, which specified the art be available for public display.
Director of services Tom Connell told councillors last evening the decision to return the 27 piece collection was regrettable but that it didn’t belong to the city council.
He also added the major issue for city council is that it doesn’t have adequate premises for their display, and doing so would have required a serious investment.
Councillor Catherine Connolly said it was ‘shocking’ that many councillors found out about the return of the collection in the national media.
A motion was later passed requesting that a delegation approach the interest director of AIB, to request Lynch’s castle in the city be given back to the people, and used as a municipal art centre.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Hildegarde Naughton explained the city needs a gallery to showcase the rich culture here in Galway.
County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.
The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.
Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.
Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.
Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.
Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.
East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund
Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.
The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.
Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.
East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.
Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.
Clifden gets official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Clifden has received official state recognition as a Gaeltacht Service Town.
The status will see the local community receive half a million euro in state investment to advance the usage of Irish in the area.
To kick start the process, FORUM Connemara has launched a community language plan alongside Connemara Chamber of Commerce.
Karen Mannion, of FORUM Connemara outlines the aims of the plan.