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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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LISTEN: Independent Deputy asks NTA to investigate decision to cancel 20 and x20 bus routes that services towns and villages in East Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The decision to cancel the existing 20 and x 20 bus routes that services Loughrea has been criticised by independent deputy Sean Canney.

Bus Éireann said that the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.

The route also services Craughwell, Aughrim and Ballinasloe.

Deputy Canney this morning has voiced his opposition to this decision saying that it was a total contradiction of Government policy to provide public transport as a means of reducing the number of cars on our roads.

He added that it was a further insult to rural people and denies them access to public transport.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said the government should take control of this issue and has also asked the NTA to investigate this decision.

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Connacht Senior Football Final: Galway V Mayo, Croke Park 1.30pm

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There are no changes on either team ahead of today’s game with both sides lining out as selected.

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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.

The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.

Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.

According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.

Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.

CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.

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