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Councils issue joint statement on purchase of Carnmore airport

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Galway bay fm newsroom – The purchase of the Carnmore airport site presents an opportunity to further the economic development of Galway.

That’s according to the city and county council in a joint statement to Galway bay fm news this afternoon.
 
It was revealed today that the local authorities bought the 115 acre facility from Galway Chamber in a joint venture at a cost of 1.1 million euro.

The statement says the purchase ‘comes in advance of of significant new responsibilities in relation to economic development’ at the airport site, and adds that any future use will be agreed by both councils before proceeding.

The site has been used solely for private aviation since 2011 after the withdrawal of State funding for services led to a gradual withdrawal of commercial services

The five remaining staff are also to be laid off from this Friday, and the aviation licence is being handed back next week.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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