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.
City Council launches new cycle parking map
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City Council has launched its new cycle parking map.
The dashboard has details of the over 1,000 on-street public cycle parking spaces available in the city.
It comes as the Local Authority installed 296 new cycle parking spaces in 2020 – as well as a further 66 spaces during the first quarter of this year.
The City Council says the new map will help it to identify locations where additional cycle parking is needed.
Those wishing to access the dashboard can find it online at galwaycity.ie/cyclingmap.
The retirement is announced of the Church Of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry Patrick Rooke has announced his retirement.
The announcement was made this morning and will take effect from the 31st of October.
Born on 12 April 1955, Bishop Patrick was educated at Sandford Park School and Salisbury and Wells Theological College; and ordained in 1979.
He began his ecclesiastical career with curacies in Newtownabbey and Ballywillan, and then held incumbencies at Craigs and Ballymore. He was Dean of Armagh from 2006 until 2011 and succeeded Bishop Richard Crosbie Aitken Henderson as Bishop of the Tuam, Killala and Achonry in that year.
Roman Catholic Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has paid tribute to Bishop Patrick calling him a “true pastor to his people” and praised his warm and welcoming personality, and his great ability to be at ease in company and to put others at ease in his presence.
Archbishop Neary also paid tribute to the support from the Bishop in making St Mary’s Cathedral available while the Cathedral of the Assumption is nearing the end of a major refurbishment.
Latest figures show a significant drop in Covid-19 cases in Ireland as 288 are reported
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health have announced that there are 288 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Ireland.
However, this is shows a significant drop compared to yesterday evening when 393 cases were reported.
That is a reduction of 105 cases in twenty four hours.
There is a slight increase in the numbers receiving treatment in hospital with 49 patients with the virus. An increase of 1 on yesterday while the number of people being treated in ICU is also up 1 to 15.
There are no figures available for Galway.
These daily case numbers may change in the future after the data is reviewed and validated.