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County councillors to get full briefing on new boundaries

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway County Council will this afternoon be given an update on how it plans to deal with the new municipal districts following next year’s local elections.

This will involve the reconfiguration of the council chamber to accommodate an additional 9 councillors, and the formation of local enterprise offices.

The number of seats on the county council will increase from 30 to 39 following next year’s local elections.

The five local electoral areas are Athenry/Oranmore with 7 members, Tuam with 9, Loughrea with 8, there’ll be 9 members in Connemara and 6 in Ballinasloe.

It’s understood 3 designs are being considered for the reconfiguration of the council chamber to accomodate the 9 extra councillors.

Mayor of County Galway Liam Carroll says plans are also being put in place for the local enterprise offices.

Loughrea, Tuam and Ballinasloe town councils will also be abolished following next year’s local elections.

The local government bill which deals with these changes is currently on its way throught the Dail, and an update will be given at a meeting of the county council this afternoon.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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