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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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Draft Tuam Local Area Plan now on public display

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The draft Local Area Plan for Tuam is now on public display, with documents also available on the county council website.

The 2023-2029 plan can be inspected, and submissions can be made by members of the public until 4PM on March 23rd.

A number of other plans for the area are also on display, including a Local Transport Plan and a Strategic Flood Risk Assessment.

They are available to view at the Planning Counter at County Hall, Tuam Library and Tuam Civic Offices.

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University of Galway event to give students insight into career in healthcare

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An event will be held at University of Galway in April to give students an insight into a career in healthcare.

The interactive programme for transition year students will take place on Saturday April 1st, and again on Saturday, April 22nd.

They’ll see advanced simulations of real-life medical procedures and scenarios.

Registration is now open and the deadline is Friday, February 24th.

Professor of Simulation, Dr. Dara Byrne, explains what students can expect to see.

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Taoiseach says he “doesn’t accept” Galway Ring Road bad for environment

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has said he does not accept the view that the Galway Ring Road would be bad for the environment.

Leo Varadkar was responding to questions posed by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish in the Dáil.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the long-awaited project, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach said while there are different views at cabinet, the Ring Road is part of the National Development Plan.

He gave an assurance that ultimately, if planning permission is granted, it will be funded.

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