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.
Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.
It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.
The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.
Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.
She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.
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City councillor calls for Government action to tackle illegal short-term lettings in Galway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city councillor has called for Government action to tackle illegal short-term lettings in Galway.
Labour Councillor Niall McNelis says the City Manager’s June report has highlighted the challenges which the Council faces in enforcing regulations on short-term lettings in the city.
The report stated that the time it takes to enforce legislation often allows landlords to operate unregistered short-term lets during the peak tourist season and then close them before legal proceedings are brought against them.
Under the current regulations, which were introduced in 2019, persons can let part of their main residence on an unlimited basis or all of their main residence on a limited basis for 90 days in total.
It comes as 50 short-term lettings are formally registered with Galway City Council at present and just five properties have planning permission.
Councillor Niall McNelis told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks short-term lettings are often hotspots for weekend house parties and take valuable housing stock off the market.
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Outpatients clinics going ahead at UHG following systems failure last week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Outpatient clinics will go ahead this week at UHG after some were forced to be cancelled last week due to a systems failure.
Hospital management say that while there has been improvements in many areas following the cyber attack, there are continuing glitches with connections to other systems.
Progress has been made with interfaces with health links improving and the processing of GP bloods now functioning again.
Some clinics were cancelled last Thursday and Friday after a system went down.
Chris Kane, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals, told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that although progress has been made, the situation is changeable due to challenges with connecting systems as the team enters week five since the ransomware attack on the HSE.
She says there has also been a significant return to hospital activity with 27 patients waiting on a bed at UHG this morning.
The hospital manager has urged the public to consider primary care services and minor injury units if possible to avoid long delays at the emergency department.