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Councillors express full confidence in Galway 2020 following chaotic meeting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have passed a motion of full confidence in the leadership of Galway 2020 following a chaotic meeting at City Hall last evening.
The meeting was requested following concerns over an alleged lack of information in recent months on the progression of the €45m project – which is expected to generate around €400m for Galway’s economy.
The theme of Galway’s designation as European Capital of Culture for 2020 is ‘making waves’ – but it was a storm that threatened to brew at City Hall last night.
Chairperson Aideen McGinley and Chief Executive Hannah Kiely were both on hand to brief councillors on what has been achieved to date and offer a timeline in the run-up to 2020.
It was admitted last evening that there were some ‘bumps in the road’ in the project – but an assurance was given that Galway 2020 is fully on track to be delivered as planned.
However, many councillors were less than impressed with the presentation and the questions and answers session that followed.
Key concerns included the availability of detailed figures on how much money has been spent so far, what it has been spent on – or what funding has been received to date.
The Chair and CEO pledged to return to City Hall with in-depth figures – and an assurance was given that the Galway 2020 team has strict audit and transparency measures in place.
This was supported by City CEO Brendan McGrath, who also sits on the board of Galway 2020
Another key issue raised was the lack of awareness among the public regarding the project and how many communities across Galway seemingly still know nothing to little about it.
Ultimately, the end result of last evening’s often chaotic meeting was a vote of full confidence in Galway 2020 and its leadership – with an agreement that more frequent – and more detailed – presentations will be given in future.

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1314 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – As of midnight, Tuesday 3 August, the National Public Health Surveillance Team is reporting 1,314* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

As of 8am today, 187 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 30 are in ICU.

There has been a total of 5,044 deaths related to COVID-19.

Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Today, the ECDC and EMA have strongly encouraged those who are eligible for vaccination but have not yet been vaccinated to start and complete the recommended COVID-19 vaccination schedule as soon as they can. Full vaccination is the best protection for you and your community from COVID-19, including from variants such as Delta, which is dominant in Ireland.”

“It is important to remember that infections in vaccinated people do not mean that vaccines do not work. While no vaccine is 100% effective in this way, these breakthrough infections that occur are generally much less severe, and they are associated with less risk of hospitalisation. Vaccines work.”

“Vaccination programmes are one of the greatest public health developments of our time. Not only are the COVID-19 vaccines available to you in Ireland all highly effective and very safe, but they are our road out of this pandemic. Vaccination enables protection of the whole community, including the most vulnerable. Getting vaccinated is an important preventative tool personally, but it is also an act of solidarity from an individual to wider society – an act that keeps one another protected, and ensures the continued safe reopening of our society and economy.”

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Board backs city council decision to approve plan for new building at Galway Rape Crisis Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.

GRCC is dedicated to providing a professional and confidential counselling and support service for those in the community affected by sexual abuse and sexual violence.

The project involves the demolition of the existing substandard building and the construction of a new three-storey base.

City planners had approved the plan in late January subject to 21 conditions.

However, the project was later subject to a third party appeal to An Bord Pleanála.

Concerns included the site’s zoning in relation to the provisions of the Galway City Development Plan as well as the preservation of the historical culture of the Claddagh village.

An Bord Pleanála has granted permission with nine conditions.

One states the glazed facade to the top floor is to be vertical and not at an angle.

The roof is also to be lowered to a flat pitch with a maximum height of 12.75 metres.

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Coming up on FYI Galway@5

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  • Katherine Zappone will not accept the appointment by the government to be UN Special Envoy. In a statement, she said it is clear that criticism of the appointment process has impacted the legitimacy of the role itself.
  • An Bord Pleanála has backed Galway City Council’s decision to grant Galway Rape Crisis Centre planning permission for a new building at Claddagh Quay.
  • The Catholic Priest Association is calling for greater clarity surrounding upcoming First Holy Communion and Confirmation ceremonies.

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