Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Derek Nolan has backed Alex White’s bid to become leader of the Labour party.
Deputy Nolan is now the only Labour TD in Galway and was one of eight party members to table a motion of no confidence in Eamon Gilmore earlier this week.
Junior Health Minister Alex White confirmed his bid to become leader earlier today and is now set to face Joan Burton in a two-way battle for the role.
A new Labour leader will be put in place on July 4 following a postal ballot of all party members.
Deputy Nolan told Galway Bay fm news that he believes Alex White is best placed for the role as he has the skills necessary to articulate the strong values of the Labour party.
He says the Labour party has a distinitive identity which Minister White holds very dear.
Speaking at his announcement in Dublin today, Minister White said the leadership battle is a chance to re-energise the party after its election defeat.
Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the Mother and Baby home redress scheme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the mother and baby home redress scheme.
Catherine Martin’s comments follow harsh criticism from the opposition on the scheme.
40 percent of survivors have been excluded from the scheme, as they spent less than six months in mother and baby homes.
Minister Martin says survivors not being interrogated when receiving redress is important:
Leo Varadkar tells Dáil he “remains a supporter” of Galway City Ring Road
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that he remains a supporter of the Galway City Ring Road.
It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.
The Taoiseach was asked by Deputy Ciaran Cannon about delays to double-tracking train services between Athenry and Oranmore.
Deputy Cannon said he understood a long-awaited feasibility study has somehow now been attached to an all-island rail review.
Leo Varadkar said that’s not something he agrees with.
Councillor organises cross border information clinic in Castledaly for HSE waiting list patients
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gort-Kinvara area councillor Geraldine Donohue has organised an information clinic for today for people who are on the HSE Waiting List and looking for faster treatment or surgery in Northern Ireland.
The Independent councillor is calling it a Cross Broder Clinic as it will be attended by representatives from Kingsbridge Hospital Belfast
The information clinic is being held at St Thomas GAA Club in Castledaly in Loughrea today from 9.30am to 4.30pm