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Connemara’s Josie Conneely to contest the council elections as an Independent after resigning from Fianna Fáil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Josie Conneely, a former Fianna Fáil Councillor for Connemara, is to run as an Independent candidate in the forthcoming local election.

He lost out in his bid to win a nomination from Fianna Fáil at a controversial convention in Maam Cross last Sunday and he has now resigned from the party.

Josie Conneely has been a prominent member of Fianna Fáil in Connemara for many years and he served for over a decade as a Councillor for the party.

He has now resigned from Fianna Fáil.

He said he could no longer continue as a member of Fianna Fáil as result of what he termed the unfair and undemocratic way that some party members were kept out of the voting at last Sundays Connemara North Electoral Area convention in Maam Cross.

Party members from Oughterard, Killanin and Caladh na Muc were not allowed to vote in a contest between Josie Conneely and Gerry King which Mr King won by a small margin.

Josie Conneely said that his focus is on the N. 59 and good roads and infrastructure in Connemara, jobs, more affordable and social houses and what he describes as a fairer and more realistic planning process.

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Bus Éireann to introduce additional Expressway services from Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bus Éireann is to introduce extra Expressway services from Galway from tomorrow.

An additional Expressway X20 service between Galway and Dublin will serve Loughrea, Ballinasloe and Athlone.

The coach will depart Galway at 5.30pm and depart Dublin at 10.30pm between Monday and Friday.

Meanwhile, two additional Expressway 51 services on the Galway/Limerick/Cork route, serving Shannon Airport and Ennis, will run seven days a week from tomorrow.

The daily coaches will depart Galway at 7:05 and 9:05AM, and depart Cork at 12:25 and 2.25PM.

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Concerns raised over social distancing in overcrowded Galway schools

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised about the potential difficulties in implementing social distancing in Galway schools with overcrowded classrooms.

Figures released by the Department of education show that the average class size in Galway last year was 37 pupils, compared to the national average of 25.

Galway West TD Mairead Farrell argues that overcrowding in Galway schools has become even more serious in light of the Covid pandemic.

Deputy Farrell is calling for educational standards and safety protocols to be maintained, by drastically reducing class sizes down to the EU average of 20.

She argues classes with over 30 pupils should become a thing of the past….

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news…..

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Well known Galway restaurateur petitions local TDs over industry concerns

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A well known Galway restaurateur and Michelin star chef has contacted all of Galway’s TD to raise concerns over the new coronavirus measures announced by government this week.

JP McMahon, owner of Galway restaurants Cava, Aniar and Tartare has hit out against new regulations for bars and restaurants that follow cabinet’s decision not to proceed with phase four of reopening the country.

Under the latest guidelines, restaurants and pubs that serve food must be closed and empty of customers by 11pm.

The well known Galway chef has criticised the rules and how they apply to restaurants, saying that the requirement to be closed and empty by 11pm means they will not be able to take bookings past 9pm.

JP McMahon says it’s not fair to ‘lump’ restaurants in with the pubs – and the new rules will be devastating for many restaurants….

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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