Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county council has ruled out of order a council motion of no confidence in An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.
The motion was tabled by Athenry Oranmore councillor James Charity after it was revealed that during his tenure as Transport Minister, Leo Varadkar took the Western Rail Corridor and Galway Airport off the list for a major European funding programme.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm news during his visit to the city last week, Leo Varadkar said the motion of no-confidence was ‘just politics.’
The motion, which was due to be tabled last evening, received harsh criticism from Loughrea area Cllr Michael Fahy, who says in his four decades on the council – no-one has ever expressed a lack of confidence in the Taoiseach of the day.
In a passionate speech at County Hall, he said the council shouldn’t bite the hand that feeds it – and should have respect for those who fund the local authority.
Cllr Fahy received a round of applause for his contribution.
However, the full council never got the opportunity to consider the motion.
The council’s standing order which prevents a motion rejected at district level being brought to plenary council was invoked.
Despite the fact that Cllr Charity’s motion was agreed at district level – the motion was ruled out of order.
Eamon O’ Cuiv slams Government “petty-mindedness” over Traveller accommodation
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv has hit out at Government “petty mindedness” when it comes to Traveller accommodation.
He said quite rightly, we give out about the conditions for people looking for asylum and for students.
But speaking in the Dáil, he implied that Travellers are not afforded the same consideration.
Fianna Fail Deputy O’ Cuiv took aim at a pilot programme to provide loans for new caravans – which he suggested has amounted to very little in practice.
Údarás na Gaeltachta approves over 60 new jobs in Connemara
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Údarás na Gaeltachta has approved over 60 new jobs in Connemara.
At its board meeting last evening, investment was approved in a wide range of projects in Gaeltacht regions nationwide.
Among the projects approved was a a development at Aran Biomedical in An Spidéal, whill will create 45 new jobs.
Investment was also approved for Tully-based media company Fíbín Teo, which will create 15 new jobs by 2025.
The meeting was attended by the newly appointed CEO of Údarás, Tomás O’ Síocháin.
Anger over delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over lifetime of Government
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local Fianna Fail Senator is expressing anger over the delivery of just 85 affordable homes in Galway over the lifetime of the current Government.
Senator Ollie Crowe said it’s a completely unacceptable figure that lags far behind other urban areas like Cork or Limerick.
But Minister Malcolm Noonan said the responsibility lies with Galway City and County Councils – and suggested they need a more ambitious agenda.
Senator Crowe said whoever is to blame, it’s an unacceptable situation and some sort of action is needed.