Galway Bay fm newsroom – The amount of time taken in coming to decisions about plans for different areas in the county was questioned at this week’s meeting of Galway County Council.
Councillor Shaun Cunniffe queried if the substance of local area plans could be dealt with by the councillors from the area in question rather than at full Council meetings.
A recent meeting of Galway County Council which dealt with the Gaeltacht and Barna village plan went on for 12 hours.Councillor Shaun Cunniffe from the Tuam area suggested these local plans should be finalised by local Councillors; the Councillors from the Conamara Municipal Area were involved with the Gaeltacht Plan.
Councillor Cunniffe said he missed dealing with a County Council loan issue at the latter end of the lengthy meeting because he had previous commitment for that night.
Council Chairperson, Eileen Mannion, said that a quorum was present to decide on the loan issue and that it was up to Councillors to remain at the meeting.
The Council management had advised Connemara Councillors that some changes being proposed could have been challenged by the Department of Local Government.
Council CEO, Kevin Kelly, said the input of Councillors from across the County, at the full Council meeting, prevented the Gaeltacht and Barna Plan from running into difficulties.
Galway 2020 gets European funding for a two-day youth event
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway 2020 has been awarded a grant of 49 thousand euro from the European Parliament for a youth project entitled EYE on the Edge.
Galway 2020 has been ravaged by controversy, funding difficulties, extreme weather and COVID-19 but this event is now set to go ahead in March.
A local version of the European Youth Event, it will comprise a two-day conference and festival created and curated by young people in Galway.
Nollaig Mc Guinness of Galway 2020 says EYE on the Edge seeks to respond to contemporary European and global challenges through an exciting programme of debates, workshops, artistic performances, and exhibitions.
The project is one of four chosen to share from a half a million euro fund for Irish civil society and media organisations.
Boots to roll out COVID-19 testing service at Knocknacarra store
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Boots pharmacy is to roll out its COVID-19 PCR testing service at its store in Knocknacarra from tomorrow.
The in-store testing service will launch at €139 per test and customers can expect to receive their results the day following their test.
The pharmacy says testing is specifically for customers without COVID-19 symptoms.
The service is being launched in response to new Government guidelines which allow travellers arriving from an orange, red or grey region, as determined by the EU traffic light approach to travel.
These people can end their period of restricted movement on receipt of a negative test taken a minimum of five days after arrival in Ireland.
Initially the testing service will be available in seven stores with plans to roll out to further stores across Ireland after demand is assessed.
Calls for clinic to be established in Galway for those suffering from long-term affects of COVID-19
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for a clinic to be established in Galway specifically for people suffering from the long-term effects of COVID-19.
Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says a so-called long COVID clinic is needed for those experiencing the lingering, debilitating effects of the virus.
Currently there are only two such clinics nationwide – with one each located in Cork and Dublin.
It comes as the WHO has asked that governments recognise the long-term effects of COVID-19 and ensure access to health services for all affected patients.
The side-effects of long COVID include fatigue, a cough, shortness of breath and inflammation and injury of major organs – including the lungs and heart.
Deputy Cannon says setting up the clinic is vital for patients in the west – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…