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Connemara farmers join hundreds from West at commonages meeting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost two thousand farmers from Galway, Mayo and Sligo attended a meeting last night to discuss the future of hill commonages.
They believe that the newly introduced GLAS scheme is not workable in relation to commonage land.
It requires agreement between half of the farmers on a commonage about how its managed, before payment can be drawn down.
Yesterday a Galway livestock farmer, Joe Healy, was appointed as Chairperson of the new Commonage Implementation Committee.
Sinn Féin city councillor, Mairéad Farrell attended last night’s meeting in Westport and says there was unanimous agreement against the GLAS scheme.

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Dáil hears Sherlock Holmes couldn’t solve mystery of why Galway so underfunded

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Dáil has heard that Sherlock Holmes himself couldn’t crack the long-running mystery of why Galway County Council is so badly underfunded.

The matter was raised by Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv, who said the situation is now so bad that development is being stymied, services are creaking and essential staff are missing.

He gave particular examples of a total lack of planning enforcement and huge delays in housing adaptation applications due to lack of essential staff.

The matter has long-been raised by Galway politicians, who point out that per capita, the funding allocated to Galway is significantly lower than neighbouring counties.

Speaking in the Dáil, Deputy O’ Cuiv said there is no possible justification whatsoever for the current deep inequality being felt in Galway:

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No walk-in vaccination clinics at Galway Racecourse this weekend due to race meetings

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE is reminding the public that there will be no-walk in Covid-19 vaccination clinics at Galway Racecourse this bank holiday weekend due to race meetings.

It comes as everyone aged 12 or over, who have not yet received a first dose, are being urged to attend walk-in clinics nationwide over the next 3 days.

Latest figures from the HSE show that 111 thousand children between 12 and 17 years of age, who are eligible for a covid vaccine, have not registered.

De Lucy Jessop from the HSE’s National Immunisation Office is re-assuring parents the vaccines are safe for their children.

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Presentation Sisters Galway to build new convent in the city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Presentation Sisters Galway are to build a new convent in the city on Presentation Road

The two storey, 14 bedroom building will be located at the junction of the Eglinton Canal and the River Corrib, adjacent to Nuns’ Island, and behind the disused Presentation National School, which is a protected structure

The plans involve the relocation of the vehicle entrance beside St Joseph’s Church, another protected structure, as well as the demolition of some outbuildings and yard boundaries at the National School

The plans also include a lounge area, dining room, meeting room, reception, offices and an administrator’s apartment

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