City Council to proceed with €8.4m development at Galway City Museum
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The City Council is to proceed with it’s original plan for a major €8.4m redevelopment of Galway City Museum.
It’s after recent concerns the project would have to be scaled back due to budget concerns.
The City Council had originally hoped to obtain €6m worth of funding from Failte Ireland to cover the bulk of the projected total cost of €8.4m.
However, when Failte Ireland indicated it would only be providing a maximum grant of €5m, it seemed likely that the project would have to scaled back.
However, at this week’s meeting of the City Council, there was unanimous agreement that the project should proceed as originally envisioned.
It was noted that Galway is critically short of ‘rainy day’ attractions – and the expanded museum will be a major tourist attraction and of huge social, cultural and economic importance.
While the move means extra funding is required from the local authority – Councillors were in agreement that it would make little sense to compromise on such a vital piece of infrastructure for the city.
Failte Ireland is expected to announce funding early next year – and all going well, works will begin in the second half of 2019, to be completed by late 2020 or early 2021.
Open farmer clinic to take place in Oranmore on new BISS scheme
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Local farmers are invited to attend an open clinic in Oranmore next week on the new BISS scheme.
The Department of Agriculture is hosting a number of information sessions nationwide to answer questions on the Basic Income Support for Sustainability schemes.
The Galway event will be held at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on Tuesday from 10AM-16PM – and no registration is needed.
Carmel Tobin, with the Direct Payments Unit at the Department of Agriculture, explains the importance of the event:
O’ Cuiv calls for new Government strategy to tackle “scourge” of cocaine
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv is calling for a new Government strategy, to tackle the “scourge” of cocaine in this country.
He said a new UN report shows Ireland is the fourth highest consumer of cocaine in the world per capita.
He outlined how only the Netherlands, Australia and Spain, reported higher levels of use.
Deputy O’ Cuiv argues there’s a clear need for a new strategy at national level:
Athenry, Aughnanure, and Portumna Castles reopen for summer season
Athenry, Portumna and Aughnanure Castles are reopening to visitors for the summer.
The OPW is encouraging people to “Step into our Story” and pay a visit to these heritage sites.
Other OPW sites are also welcoming visitors, such as Dún Aonhgasa, and Pearse’s Cottage at Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, Conamara
To celebrate the early summer opening, people can enjoy free admission on the first Wednesday of every month throughout summer.