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County Councillor suggests monthly car tax payments

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A Galway county councillor is calling on the Minister for Transport to consider weekly or monthly payment options for car tax.

The motion was raised by Oranmore area councillor Jarlath McDonagh at this week’s meeting of the County Council.

He says smaller monthly payments would be more manageable in the current economic climate, and would reduce the number of untaxed cars on the county’s roads.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Councillor McDonagh says the change would take some pressure off cash-strapped motorists.

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New RNLI Visitor Experience opens tomorrow on Inis Mór

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Locals and tourists will be able to enjoy the new RNLI Visitor Experience on Inis Mór from Saturday 1st October.

The attraction is located in the boathall of the Aran Islands lifeboat station at Kilronan Pier, which also hosts a new shop to raise funds for the charity.

The experience will explore 175 years of the RNLI’s history, include images, milestones, awards and rescue stories.

Aran Islands RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager, Michael Hernon, says the funds raised are vital:

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Demand for action on anti-social behavior at Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A demand has been made for action on anti-social behavior at the gates of Merlin Park Hospital.

Raising the matter at a meeting of the Health Forum West this week, Councillor Declan McDonnell said the old morgue is being used as a congegrating ground.

He said the issue is going on years – but there’s been little done – including an alleged lack of response from Gardaí.

The HSE executive accepted it has been an issue and said measures had been taken – but it will now look into further action.

Councillor McDonnell says its past time that something was done.

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Minister pledges to find out “what’s happening on the ground” at Clifden Hospital

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GBFM Newsroom – A minister has pledged to find out “what’s happening on the ground” at Clifden District Hospital.

The ongoing controversy over the withdrawal of services was raised in the Seanad by local Senators Sean Kyne, Pauline O Reilly and Ollie Crowe.

It follows a public meeting earlier this week attended by over 600 people in response to the abrupt cancellation of respite services.

Senator Sean Kyne said the community feels the unit is being steered towards closure – while Senator Ollie Crowe agreed it’s death by a thousand cuts.

Speaking in response, Minister Mary Butler pledged to look into the situation.

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