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Connemara may require new administrative local government capital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Connemara may need a new administrative capital if proposed changes to the workings of the County Council go ahead after next year’s election.

Clifden has traditionally been described as the capital but one Councillor has now suggested that an Cheathrua Rua is the more appropriate location for the County Councils headquarters for the whole of Connemara.

There will be nine County Councillors in the Conamara Electoral Area after next year’s election.

If proposed changes go ahead they will have more responsibility and regular meetings locally. And they may need a head office.

Councillor Seán Ó Tuairisg, who is based in Indreabhán, has said that an Cheathrua Rua is the appropriate place for the Council head office given the significance of the Gaeltacht in Connemara. That would make it the administrative capital.

But Councillor Eileen Mannion in Clifden says it should be a central location if a Council head office venue is being chosen in Connemara. But she did not specify a venue.

Councillor Seosamh Ó Cuaig said he agreed with the central location proposal and he suggested that somewhere in the Carna parish area would be an ideal bridge between north and south Connemara.

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Galway vaccination centre temporarily moving to Merlin Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Vaccination Centre is temporarily relocating from Galway Racecourse, Ballybrit – to Unit 3, Podiatry, Merlin Park, Galway.

It’ll be moved from this Sunday 10th July until Monday 1st August.

Podiatry services in Merlin Park will not be affected during this period.

The centre will not be taking any walk-in appointments due to limited space.

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Galway Port increases capacity with the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Port is increasing its capacity to make way for the arrival of Ireland’s largest wind turbines.

Arderroo Wind Farm in Connemara is expecting 22 more turbines in total, with one shipment having arrived just this morning. (06/07)

It’s the sixteenth wind turbine project the port has worked on, which is increasing its profile as an energy hub.

CEO, Conor O’Dowd, says it’s a very important project for them:

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Local TD demands support for farmers with cost of shearing sheep

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Sean Canney says the Government must put a scheme in place to support farmers in the shearing of sheep.

It follows the recent publication of a long-awaited Wool Feasibility Study, which recommends a range of measures to develop and market Irish wool.

Deputy Canney says while it’s all hugely positive news, farmers do need some help in the meantime – such as a €5 shearing grant per sheep.

Speaking to Galway Talks, he says there is huge potential for wool in our economy.

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