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County Councillors hit out at government approach to Community Development Committees

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – County Councillors have hit out at government over its guidelines on the setting-up of Local Community Development Committees.
The council was provided with the guidelines at last evening’s meeting, but these were met with widespread disapproval.
Galway’s LCDC will comprise of 17 members from the local government sector, state agencies, local and community development, and social, economic and community interests.
Councillor Tim Broderick proposed that the HSE be removed from the committee in light of the recent decisions made in relation to the 22-bed acute unit in Ballinasloe and the maternity services review.
However, Director of Services Kevin Kelly informed councillors that they could not choose the agencies that would be represented.
If the councillors fail to approve the nominated state and voluntary nominees, they will become members by default after 60 days.
The council decided to approve the setting up of the committee, but asked for more information on the appointment of non-council nominees to be provided at the July meeting.
Speaking at last evening’s meeting, Councillor Jim Cuddy said government is taking the power away from local people.

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Claims Galway Ring Road case “defining moment” for national transport policy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An engineering expert says the Galway Ring Road case is a “defining moment” for national transport policy.

Brian Caulfield is a Professor of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.

He says this can be seen as a test case – which effectively puts public transport up against private transport.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Professor Caulfield says he believes there needs to be massive investment in public transport outside Dublin.

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Galway registered over 2,000 new .ie websites in 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 2,000 new .ie websites were registered by Galway organisations last year.

According to the .IE Domain Profile Report for 2022, Galway recorded the third highest level of such registrations.

Last year’s figures found there was an increase of almost 10 percent in .ie domain registered in Galway versus pre-pandemic.

Nationally, there were almost 50,000 new .ie domains registered, with around 10 percent of them in Connacht.

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Call for new public bus service between Ballinasloe and Athlone

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local senator is calling for a new public bus service to be established between Ballinasloe and Athlone.

Senator Aisling Dolan says while there are commercial operators on the route, there’s no service serving the old Galway Road through the town.

She argues it’s of vital importance given the location of Portiuncula Hospital.

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