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County Council seeks permission to expand council chamber

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway county council is seeking planning permission to expand the existing council chamber at the building in the city.

Last month county councillor Jim Cuddy said the local authority shouldn’t have to carry the cost of upgrading County Hall to accommodate nine extra members after the elections on May 23rd

200 thousand euro has been set aside in the 2014 budget to reconfigure the council chamber at Prospect Hill in the city.

Oranmore Area Cllr Cuddy says the money would be better spent on disability grants or essential repair grants for the elderly.

He says the chamber requires expansion as a result of the Environment Minister’s reforms and as such costs should not have to be carried by the local authority

The proposal to build the single storey extension to the chamber has now been lodged with the city council.

A decision is due in March.

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Excel Recruitment announce jobs boost for Galway office and region

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Galway Bay FM newsroom – Excel Recruitment has announced 10 jobs for its Galway city office, while it’s also recruiting for 120 other opportunities in the region.

The company is adding 100 office jobs across its five locations nationwide.

While in the wider Galway region, Excel is recruiting staff for temporary and permanent positions on behalf of other employers.

Founder and chief executive, Barry Whelan, explains the company’s plans:

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Galway public share concerns on knife crime

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The public have been sharing their concerns about knife crime in Galway City.

It’s as figures show there were almost 400 incidents recorded by Gardaí in Galway since 2016.

Nationally, there’s been an increase of around 60 percent in knife crime during that time.

David Nevin spokes to members of the public to ask if they were concerned about the figures.

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Plans lodged for significant windfarm near Maam Cross

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for a significant new windfarm near Maam Cross.

The Tullaghmore Wind Farm project would be based on lands 6km east of Maam Cross and 9km west of Oughterard.

Led by EMPower, the project would be six turbine, with an overall height of 185 metres.

It’s estimated the windfarm would generate enough electricity to power almost 22 thousand Irish homes.

County planners are due to make a decision in March.

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