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Council agrees to pay funds to WDC for city arthouse cinema

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding of 162 thousand euro has been sanctioned by the City Council for arts and sporting groups from its marketing fund.

The biggest funding sanctioned was 50 thousand euro per annum to be paid directly to the Western Development Commission for a loan for the Solas Arthouse cinema.

It was agreed at last evening’s meeting to allocate 30 thousand euro to Connaught Rugby, 10 thousand to Macnas, 8 thousand to Galway Arts Festival for the Share Galway Initiative and 5 thousand euro each for Shantalla Gathering and Galway Women’s football.

The biggest debate over funding was for the Solas Arthouse Cinema.

The Council had already agreed to provide 200 thousand euro for the cinema at the Docks at a previous meeting.

However, last evening the City Manager recommended that the money be paid directly to the Western Development Commission.

This is because the WDC provided the bridging loan for the project.

Councillor Colette Connolly proposed that the motion be passed as she said the city can’t afford for the project to fail.

However, Councillor Michael Crowe raised concerns about bond for the project, which was put in place by the previous developers.

Solas is currently in the process of trying to secure that bond of 600 thousand euro after the previous developers were unable to complete the project.

Councillor Crowe wanted to ensure the Council’s 200 thousand euro is protected by ensuring the bond is paid before handing over the grant.

But Councillor Hildegarde Naughton said insisting that the bond money be ensured , before paying out the funds, will hold up the process of finishing the cinema.

The funding of 200 thousand euro to be paid directly to the WDC for the Solas cinema was passed by a majority of councillors.

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European Commission confirms daily fines against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm will cease

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The European Commission has confirmed that daily fines being applied against the State in relation to the Derrybrien windfarm in South Galway will cease.

The State has reached agreement with the European Commission to cease fines of 15 thousand euro a day relating to the ESB-owned wind farm

The sanctions were imposed as a result of Ireland’s failure to ensure environmental standards were upheld at the facility on the Slieve Aughty mountains.

The State has, over the years, paid more than €17 million to the commission, due to the breaches.

The final sum due to be paid is €1,245,000.

Operations at Derrybrien ended this time last year, after An Bord Pleanála refused an application for substitute consent at the site.

This meant the project was considered an unauthorised development.

The company subsequently announced that it would decommission the site.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news the Dept of Housing says the exact details in relation to decommissioning and site restoration are a matter for Galway County Council and the owner

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Galway’s CONNOLLY favourite for Ireland’s Eurovision song choice with decision due tonight

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 19 year old Connemara artist CONNOLLY is the favourite heading into tonight’s Late Late show vote for Eurovision song.

Six songs are taking part in the Eurosong vote on RTÉ One from 9:35PM, all vying to become Ireland’s entry for the 2023 competition being held in Liverpool this May.

The latest betting odds are placing Lettermullen singer, Jennifer Connolly and her song Midnight Summer Night 11/8 favourite ahead of Wild Youth on 5/2.

The winner will be chosen after the public vote is added to the scores from both a national jury and an international jury.

Jennifer told Galway Bay FM’s breakfast show Mollie in the Morning how she came to be among the six acts:

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Senator claims barriers to Galway Ring Road will cause huge implications for other infrastructure projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local senator Ollie Crowe is claiming that the barriers facing the Galway Ring Road will result in huge implications for other infrastructure projects.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Fianna Fáil Senator is slamming the current road network in Galway as “not fit for purpose” and says the ring road is a “substantial piece of the jigsaw” to fix that.

Senator Crowe outlines how he believes the Climate Action Plan will cause more problems down the line:

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