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City Manager gives assurance that spec of Ballinfoille centre will not be diminished

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The City Manager has assured councillors that the agreed specifications for the long awaited Ballinfoille community centre is not to be changed.

It’s after Cllr Michael Crowe raised concerns that the spec of the building is being considered for changes.

He also queried why the project is being delayed after previous assurances regarding the signing of contracts prior to Christmas.

City Manager Brendan McGrath told last evening’s meeting at City Hall that discussions are now being held with six specialist sub-contractors and that the process is ongoing.

He acknowledged the facility is badly needed and said the community will have a working facility in two years time.

Mr McGrath also said contracts will be signed within a number of weeks and said he is not prepared to diminish the spec of the building from what was tendered.

The 3.4 million euro project has been in the pipeline since the 1980s.

The current spec will include a community centre and a series of meeting rooms to be built on a site on the Headford Road.

Cllr Michael Crowe told Galway Bay fm news he welcomes the assurance from the Manager but is not happy with the way in which the project has been handled to date

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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