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Deputy O Cuiv alleged to have made representations on behalf ofcriminal

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Galway Bay fm newsroom –
Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv is alleged to have made representations on behalf of a convicted drugs dealer who killed an associate and kept his body in a freezer for five years.
That is according to a report in today’s Irish Independent.
But according to the report Deputy O’Cuiv is quoted as saying he was “justified” to write a letter on behalf of Edward Griffin, who was seeking te be moved from a high security facility to an open prison.
The report states that the Irish Independent has learnt Deputy O Cuiv, who was a cabinet minister from 2002 to 2011, made representations to the Irish Prison Service on behalf of a number of criminals.
These include killer Griffin and an unidentified prisoner serving a life sentence.
Victim support group AdVIC condemned Mr O Cuiv’s actions, saying they made “a mockery of the criminal justice system”.
The organisation called for the practice to be banned.
The disclosure heaps further pressure on an embattled Fianna Fail leader Michael Martin, who has resisted calls for the sacking of the party’s justice spokesman Niall Collins over disclosures that he made representations on behalf of a drugs dealer.

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Galway City Councillors Give Green Light To Trial Cycle-way in Salthill.

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway City Councillors have voted to proceed with a trial cycle-way in Salthill.

4 local cycling groups had called on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.

17 out of the 18 city councillors supported the motion by Mayor Collette Connolly at this afternoon’s city council meeting.

The plan had raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.

Campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.

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City Councillors to vote on controversial plan for Salthill Prom cycle-way

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway city councillors will vote this afternoon on controversial proposals to bring a temporary cycle-way to Salthill

Galway Cycling campaign, Galway Urban Greenway Alliance, Knocknacarra Bike Bus and East of the Corrib Bike Bus are calling on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.

The campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.

The plan has raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.

City councillors are set to vote on the proposal at a meeting this afternoon.

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Hopes new action plan could create hundreds of jobs in Galway Gaeltacht village

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: It’s hoped up to 300 new jobs could be brought to a Galway Gaeltacht village with the implementation of a new action plan.

The plan for An Cheathrú Rua as a place to live, work and visit was revealed earlier today by Comharchumann Mhic Dara in association with Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Areas to target in the plan include language and culture, tourism, enterprise, the arts as well as services and infrastructure and marketing.

As part of the plan a new study has found that more than 300 new sustainable jobs could be created if this plan is developed successfully over five years.

Seán Ó Domhnaill, Manager of Comharchumann Mhic Dara says the plan includes the input of local business people, members of the local community and various local and State organisations.

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