Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council has agreed to take the lead in the administrative function of pursuing the outer city bypass.
The agreement, which was passed by city council earlier this month, was debated and given unanimous support by councillors attending today’s meeting of the local authority.
The County Council is to pursue the project through the IROPI process, after the Supreme court overturned planning permission for the bypass.
Part of the lands required for the outer city bypass lies within the administrative area of both city and county councils.
Director of services for roads and transportation Frank Gilmore told the meeting the council would be re-examining the whole scheme from east to west and was ‘very confident’ the new plan would satisfy any European directives.
He added that while NO consultants had been selected yet to verify route selections, the council is having informal discussions with the national parks and wildlife services.
Councillor Tomas O Cuirrean said while he was all for the environment it was of serious concern that a bunch of auld cotton could stop progress.
Councillor Michael Mogie Maher said the lack of a bypass was putting Galway back 50 years, while Peter Feeney said the project had to be pursued to the end and had to be successful.
Councillors agreed unanimously that the county council perform the powers, duties and functions of the city council relating to carrying out the scheme.
283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.
60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.
23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.
There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.
€1.3m funding to support live performances across Galway this summer
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost €1.3m funding has been announced to support gigs and festivals in Galway this summer.
It’s as the Government has unveiled a national allocation of €25m under The Live Performance Support Scheme.
The largest allocation of almost €200 thousand will go to the Galway Comedy Festival, to support the staging of live shows.
A further €185 has been awarded to Strange Brew Limited, towards a series a concerts to be held in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork, as well as three large outdoor events.
€182 thousand will go to popular west end venue the Róisín Dubh, for a series of live shows peformed at the venue and outdoor beer garden.
Clonbur-based Gemstone Business Consultants has been granted an allocation of €169 thousand for a number of live music performances over a weekend.
€132 thousand will support traditional live music events at the Black Gate at St. Francis Street – while a further €130 thousand has been awarded for live performances at Munroes Live.
City-based production company Milestone Inventive has been allocated €127 thousand for a number of outdoor performances of ‘Playboy of the Western World’.
€95 thousand has been granted to the well known Trad on the Prom show, while €64 thousand will support a Mike Denver plus guests sit down concert.
And just under €32 thousand will go to the CelloVision project, which blends live and pre-recorded music with unconventional video and imagery on stage.
Local senators make strong contributions to Seanad debate on gender pay gap
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local Senators Aisling Dolan and Pauline O’ Reilly have given spirited speeches in the Seanad during a debate on the gender pay gap.
It’s as the house is debating new laws that would require companies to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation.
The measures would initially apply to businesses of more than 250 employees – and eventually to all companies employing 50 people or more.
Addressing Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman, Senator Aisling Dolan pointed out that the gender pay gap has been addressed in other EU countries:
Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’ Reilly said we shouldn’t be relying on our justice system to vindicate the rights of women in the workplace: