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Connemara TD pushes for return to direct elections to Udaras board

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Connemara-based T.D is pushing for a return to direct elections to the board of Udarás na Gaeltachta.
A new Fianna Fáil bill co-sponsored by Eamon Ó’Cuív, Pat the Cope Gallagher and Aindrias O’Muineachain calls for a return to the direct election process.
The deputies say the abolition of the system in 2012 was an attack on democracy.
For more on this story, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 2.

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Cabinet to consider bill for state to part-fund construction of student accommodation in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Higher Education Minister wants the state to part-fund student accommodation in three areas, including Galway.

Cabinet will consider proposals this morning aimed at adding a total of 700 beds in Galway, Maynooth and Limerick.

Ministers will also consider expanding the capital devolved grant to allow colleges to repurpose vacant housing to accommodate students.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Minister Harris, explains his plans:

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Mairead Farrell critical of plans to restore bonuses at bailed-out banks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairead Farrell is criticising plans to restore bonus payments to staff at bailed-out banks.

Pay has been capped at €500 thousand at the three bailed-out banks – AIB, Permanent TSB, and Bank of Ireland – and bonuses have been banned since the financial crash.

But Cabinet is expected to approve plans being presented this morning by Finance Minister Paschal Donohue.

They would allow banks to pay bonuses of up to €20 thousand, as well as remove restrictions on a number of non-pay benefits.

Some argue the restoration will benefit not just higher-level bank staff, but all staff right down to the lowest entry-level positions.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell – who herself previously worked in the financial sector – says the truth is, this will really benefit the highest earners.

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Man arrested following Garda operation in Galway investigating human trafficking

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A man has been arrested after a Garda operation in Galway as part of ongoing investigations into human trafficking.

He’s due before the courts this morning.

Gardaí at Mullingar conducted a search and arrest operation in Galway yesterday, as part of ongoing investigations into human trafficking and related criminal activity.

The exact location of the operation has not been revealed, and Gardaí can only advise at this point that the operation took place in County Galway.

During the course of the operation, a man in his 30’s was arrested and taken to Mullingar Garda Station.

He’s since been charged and is due to appear before Longford District Court this morning

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