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Concerns over criteria for flooded homes relocation scheme in County Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The OPW’s voluntary home relocation scheme is being criticised by county councillors for excluding homeowners who managed to protect their properties through sandbagging.
The matter was discussed as officials presented an update on CFRAM which has approved three flood projects for Galway in Ballinasloe, Clifden and Portumna.
Under CFRAM criteria, the home relocation scheme is open to homeowners who had flood water enter and damage their property during the major flooding episode in 2015.
Oranmore/Athenry District Cathaoirleach Malachy Noone said homeowners had learned from the 2009 floods and taken action to protect their homes in 2015.
Councillor Peter Feeney said the unfortunate people who took action in 2015 are still at the same risk of flooding today under the current system.
Council officials advised there is an independent property protection scheme which may assist these households in future.
The meeting heard this is going through a pilot phase at present with a view being rolled-out in 2019.
Cathaoirleach Malachy Noone said lessons were learned following flooding in 2009 and those who protected their homes should have supports open to them.

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TD Mairéad Farrell calls for an election in place of planned Taoiseach handover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairéad Farrell is calling for an election, instead of the planned handover between Michael Martin and Leo Varadkar.

On December 17th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will return to the Taoiseach position, taking over from Micheal Martin, as part of the planned cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she thinks voters need to have their say:

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Enquiries ongoing following road collision in Claregalway last night

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí attended to a road traffic collision in Claregalway last night at around 10.15pm.

A car collided with a wall on the Tuam Road.

The driver received non-serious injuries and was attended to by ambulance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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103 Galway residents to receive Irish Citizenship this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 103 Galway residents will become Irish citizens today.

Nationwide, 3,500 people from 130 countries will receive their certificates of naturalisation in Killarney over the next two days.

Junior Minister at the Department of Justice James Browne says it will give them rights and legal protections.

He says people from other nations who’ll become Irish citizens will contribute to Ireland:

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