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.
Findings of survey on future of Headford to be revealed next week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The findings of a major public survey on the future of Headford will be revealed next week. (5/12)
The ‘Reimagine Headford Community Survey was undertaken earlier this year.
It aims to gather opinion on what improvements would make the town a more enjoyable place to live, work and visit.
The results of the survey will be revealed at an event at The Angler’s Rest Hotel on Monday at 8pm.
Helena McElmeel of the Headford Town Team discussed the findings with Joseph Murray.
City-based Ronan Scully receives Oireachtas Human Dignity Award
Galway Bay fm newsroom –Former Galway Person of the Year Ronan Scully has received the sixth Oireachtas Human Dignity Award.
Ronan Scully, of Self Help Africa, has been honoured for over 30 years of service to others, both as a volunteer and professionally.
Ronan, who lives in Knocknacarra, has also previously received the Irish Young Person of the Year award and the Galway Mayor Award.
Speaking after the ceremony in Leinster House, Ronan said it was always a dream of his to help people.
Councillor says time for “major change” in treatment of drug users
Galway Bay fm newsroom –There needs to be a “major change” in how we treat drug users in this country.
That’s according to Councillor Niall McNelis, who argues we need a health-based approach to the issue, and more resources for Gardaí to tackle gangs, traffickers and dealers.
He says the criminalisation of drug use hasn’t worked in Ireland, in Europe, or further abroad – and it’s now time to look at decriminalisation.
Councillor McNelis further points out that Ireland now has the joint-highest rate of drug-induced deaths among 16-to-64 years old in the EU.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Councillor McNelis argues a new approach is urgently needed.