Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Eileen Mannion has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of County Galway, under a long standing voting pact
The Clifden native has been welcomed into the role by her county council colleagues at County Hall with a roaring round of applause in the past half hour.
The Council Chamber is packed to the rafters this evening as friends and family line the public gallery in support of the new Cathaoirleach.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony are Fine Gael party colleague and Galway West Deputy and Junior Minister Sean Kyne.
Councillor Mannion is the third woman to hold the prestigious role, behind Carraroe native Connie Ni Fhatherta in 2000 and Headford native Mary Hoade in 2014.
She was wished well by outgoing Cathaoirleach Councillor Michael Connolly, who said he hoped he had done enough in the role to keep the county flag flying.
Councillor Mannion was proposed for the role by Councillor Jimmy McClearn and speaking to Galway Bay fm News minutes later Cathaoirleach Mannion said the upgrade of the N59 will be her top priority.
Cathaoirleach Mannion added she’s honoured to be the third woman to take up the role – but stated that greater representation is needed.
Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.
The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.
There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.
The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.
Calls for extra buses from Headford to city due to high numbers commuting
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for extra buses from Headford to the city with claims the service is oversubscribed.
Councillor Andrew Reddington says more people are having to commute to the city for work due to the lack of accommodation there.
Cllr Reddington has asked for extra buses for the 7.25 am service from Headford to Galway.
While he is thankful for Burkes bus who are also working at 7.50 am, he says Bus Eireann must adapt their service to meet the increased demand.
Galway Traveller Movement to protest at city council meeting next Monday
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Traveller Movement is set to protest at Galway City Council meeting next Monday.
It follows comments made during an interview on Galway Bay FM’s Galway Talks programme by councillor Michael Crowe, which he has since apologised for.
GTM is calling for the full protection of the Traveller community against inequality and discrimination by all elected representatives.
The movement is inviting the public to join them at 1:30pm outside the city council building on Monday, or to formally write a complaint to the Fianna Fáil Party and city council.
Joanna Corcoran works at GTM and is a member of the Traveller community: