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County CEO issues caution over funding gap after planned merger is stalled in Seanad

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – County CEO Kevin Kelly has issued a caution that over one million euro of the council budget for 2019 must now be considered after the planned merger with the city council was stalled.
At a meeting of Galway County Council this week, the Chief Executive told members that in the budget provision for 2019, they must consider an adjustment due to the possible non-availability of money utilised in the budget contingent on the merger.
1.4 million euro was allocated to Galway County Council prior to Christmas which was contingent on the planned amalgamation of the city and county.
It was decided to use over 1 million euro in the budget with the balance set aside for reform and strengthening of municipal districts.
However the Galway merger has now been stalled in the Seanad and will require legislation in order to move forward.
The meeting heard the CEO met with Oireachtas members to discuss the issue this week.
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File for DPP after Garda drug seizure in east of city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions following a drug seizure in the east of the city.

Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises on the east side of the Galway city yesterday (May 25).

Quantities of suspected cannabis, cocaine and MDMA, with a combined value of 13,000 euro were seized in the course of the search, along with €2,330 in cash.

A man in his 20’s was arrested at the scene.

He was detained for questioning under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, at the North Western HQ, on the Dublin Road.

The man has since been released and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.

All of the drugs seized will now be sent for further analysis.

Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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