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.
Galway Gardai appeal for witnesses to city centre Assault
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai in Mill Street are appealing for witnesses to an assault in the city centre involving a number of youths.
The incident took place at Ball Alley Lane, Eyre Square on Friday night around 11.30 when it’s alleged a male and two females were assaulted by a group of young men.
A black iphone was also stolen during the incident.
Sergeant Darragh Brown of Galway Gardai is appealing for anyone with any information to come forward – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour
745 Cases Covid 19 Recorded in Galway in Last Fortnight
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: 745 cases of Covid 19 have been recorded in Galway city and county in the last fortnight.
Galway’s 14 day incidence rate now stands at 288.7.
Monaghan remains the county with the highest rate of infection while the lowest rate of infection over the last two weeks has been recorded in Wicklow.
It comes as 14 patients with Covid 19 are being treated at hospitals across Galway today.
13 of those patients are receiving care at UHG, with four currently in the Intensive Care Unit.
Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe is treating one patient with the virus.
Supermacs Founder Says Its Uncertain Times For Business As Energy Prices Soar
From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The founder of Supermacs says businesses are heading into uncertain times as rising energy prices begin to have an impact.
A number of energy providers have announced price increases in recent months ranging from 7 percent up to 26% in some cases.
The dramatic rise in energy costs is linked to a low supply of gas across Europe, which a number of countries including Ireland rely on heavily on for power generation.
Speaking on Galway Talks, Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh says he feels the current situation could have been avoided.