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Decline in support for Michael D Higgins to serve second term

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – While a majority of voters want President Michael D Higgins to serve a second term, a new poll has found a decline in support for the President to stay on.
His term of office expires in the autumn – but he has not yet indicated if he intends to contest a second term.

The latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll has found some 59 per cent of voters say they want Mr Higgins to serve a second term as President.
However, 31 per cent now disagree and a further 10 per cent offered no opinion.
This represents a decline of 5 per cent since October, when the question was last asked.
The President’s term of office expires this autumn but he has yet to indicate if he will contest a second term.
During the 2011 election, 76 year old Mr Higgins said he would serve a single term but has hinted a number of times throughout his tenure that he might seek a second term.
Potential candidates for the upcoming election include Galway-native and Independent Senator Gerard Craughwell who has said he will seek a nomination.
Another prospect considering throwing his hat into the ring is Galway-Roscommon TD Michael Fitzmaurice – who says there should be a contest for the position and he may run to ensure there is one.

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Macnas to welcome special visitor over Halloween

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway is set to welcome a unique visitor over the Halloween weekend.

Macnas have announced that they are expecting the giant CON MÓR to emerge from the River Corrib.

Giant expert Marjorie Morrigan identified CON MÓR, a member of the Irish legends, Tuatha Dé Danann, as originating from an Island of Giants off the coast of Connaught.

CON MÓR was known to love all things nature, especially birds. Spectators are encouraged to bring feathers for CON MÓR when going to see him.

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, tells us what we can expect from the giant,

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First block laid in expansion at Western Alzheimers Respite Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The first block has been laid today on a major multi-million euro expansion at the Western Alzheimers Centre in Ballindine.

The new complex will increase the number of beds from 12 to 20, and provide improve communal resident and visitor areas.

David Nevin has more.

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HSE considering new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The HSE has expressed interest in creating new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor Declan McDonnell, who queried if it was under active consideration.

The HSE executive confirmed it was something they are mindful of, noting a particular need for a lighted junction as the hospital gets busier.

Councillor McDonnell feels it’s something that’s needed sooner rather than later.

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