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County Council gets approval to expand Chamber

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has been given approval to expand the Council Chamber in the city to accommodate extra Councillors after next May’s local election.

The County Council had to apply to the City Council to make the changes at the building at Prospect Hill.

The City Council has approved the plans to extend the County Council Chamber with 5 conditions attached.

The remaining internal courtyard area at County buildings must be landscaped and the external finishes of the proposed extension must match the existing Council Chamber.

There are currently 30 members of Galway County Council, but this will increase to 39 after May’s local election.

The additional county councillors are as a result of Town councils being abolished.

Controversy has erupted in the past over the expansion of the Council Chamber with some Councillors stating funding for the work should come from the State, rather than the Council as it’s a directive of the Government to increase the Local Authority.

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City Council votes to take roads at Doughiska estate in charge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to take two roads at a Doughiska estate in charge.

Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of taking over the management of the roads at Fionnuisce.

It comes as last year an application calling for the City Council to takeover the roads was made by the Local Authority on behalf of residents from the estate.

The City Council has confirmed that 61% of residents voted in favour of the proposal, while 10 submissions were made on the plan – one by a residents group, one by a local elected representative and eight by local residents – all in favour of the proposal.

With the agreement by Councillors, the Local Authority will now manage almost 400 metres of road space, including open public spaces, within the Fionnuisce estate.

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Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.

The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.

The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.

A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.

It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.

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Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.

The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.

192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.

10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.

Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.

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