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County Council approves budget for 2014

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Galway bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has passed its budget for 2014.

At a special meeting at County Hall last evening members were advised of a shortfall of over 200 thousand euro in anticipated funding from local government.

The approved budget contains an expenditure of 122 million euro over the next 12 months – that’s a reduction of 4 percent on the budget adopted for 2013.

There’s to be no increase in commercial rates due to what County Manager Martina Maloney described as ‘the difficulties being experienced by businesses at this time’.

30 thousand euro has been allocated to advance a suitable site or an existing building to accommodate a retained fire station for South Connemara.

10 thousand euro is also to be given to Galway Mountain Rescue towards a base for the voluntary group.

These two proposals were among the adjustments tabled and passed by the technical group chaired by Cllr Jimmy McClearn who had been in discussion all day yesterday.

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Request for more time to build sports facility at Inishbofin appealed to planning board

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The county council’s refusal of an application for more time to develop a sports facility at Inishbofin has been appealed to An Bord Pleanála.

The plan led by Inishbofin Development Company C-L-G to request extra time for the project was refused by the council in April.

The development at Middlequarter involves a single storey sports facility to include dressing rooms, referee room, showers and toilets.

An Bord Pleanála is due to issue a decision in September.

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Gaelscoil Dara Renmore wins national science competition

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Gaelscoil Dara in Renmore has been declared the winner of START, a national science competition

It challenges primary school children aged 8 to 12 to simulate their own trial and report on their findings.

The ‘Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials’ final took place yesterday at NUI Galway

Gaelscoil Dara’s winning entry asked the question ‘do children learn better from a teacher or from each other?’

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Athenry’s Agricultural Show returns for first time since 2019

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- The Athenry Agricultural Show is returning tomorrow for the first time since 2019.

As with previous years, there will be a wide range of classes in categories such as showjumping, equine, sheep and dog showing, and baking.

Many categories will hold championships, and a range of qualifiers for other shows throughout the country will also be available.

A full schedule of classes is available on the Athenry agri show website.

Assistant show secretary and PRO, Mary O’Keeffe says everyone is excited to see the return of the event.

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