Decision not to seek EU funding for Galway flooding criticised
Galway Bay fm newsroom – North West MEP Jim Higgins has slammed the Environment Minister over his decision not to apply for EU disaster funds for the recent storm damage.
Phil Hogan recently announced that Ireland would not meet the threshold conditions to apply for aid from the EU solidarity fund.
Thousands of acres of land across the county are still submerged by flood water following the recent storms and heavy rain, and many families have been forced to flee their homes.
The County Council estimates repairs for the recent storm damage at over 18 million euro, while the City Council says its bill will top 1.3 million euro.
The Government has provided 70 million euro for repair and remediation and 25 million euro for humanitarian assistance.
MEP Higgins says he was told this week by the EU Commissioner for regional policy – Johannes Hahn – that Ireland could still apply for the fund.
Open farmer clinic to take place in Oranmore on new BISS scheme
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Local farmers are invited to attend an open clinic in Oranmore next week on the new BISS scheme.
The Department of Agriculture is hosting a number of information sessions nationwide to answer questions on the Basic Income Support for Sustainability schemes.
The Galway event will be held at the Oranmore Lodge Hotel on Tuesday from 10AM-16PM – and no registration is needed.
Carmel Tobin, with the Direct Payments Unit at the Department of Agriculture, explains the importance of the event:
O’ Cuiv calls for new Government strategy to tackle “scourge” of cocaine
From Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway West TD Eamon O’ Cuiv is calling for a new Government strategy, to tackle the “scourge” of cocaine in this country.
He said a new UN report shows Ireland is the fourth highest consumer of cocaine in the world per capita.
He outlined how only the Netherlands, Australia and Spain, reported higher levels of use.
Deputy O’ Cuiv argues there’s a clear need for a new strategy at national level:
Athenry, Aughnanure, and Portumna Castles reopen for summer season
Athenry, Portumna and Aughnanure Castles are reopening to visitors for the summer.
The OPW is encouraging people to “Step into our Story” and pay a visit to these heritage sites.
Other OPW sites are also welcoming visitors, such as Dún Aonhgasa, and Pearse’s Cottage at Ionad Cultúrtha an Phiarsaigh, Conamara
To celebrate the early summer opening, people can enjoy free admission on the first Wednesday of every month throughout summer.