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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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City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.

Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.

Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.

Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.

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Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.

That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.

He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.

Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.

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TD Claire Kerrane calls for inclusion of oil in Business Energy Support Scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Claire Kerrane is urging the Governement to include oil as part of the new Business Energy Support Scheme.

Deputy Kerrane claims the support is excluding businesses based on energy usage.

The Roscommon/Galway TD has raised the issue in the Dáil, however Finance Minister Paschal Donohue says it’s not possible to include oil at this time.

She says it’s important we support businesses, especially over the winter months:

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