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€1m for repairs to storm damaged Galway roads

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1 million euro has been allocated for repair works to storm-damaged roads across Galway.
The special grant has been announced today by Minister Shane Ross – and the allocation made to Galway is the largest nationwide along with Cork.
It’s after a number of damaging storms swept across Ireland this year – Storm Eleanor, Storm Emma, and most recently, Storm Ali.
Galway’s politicians have long argued that the roads funding for Galway is completely inadequate to meet the needs of the network.
Galway-Roscommon Deputy, Denis Naughten, says without this special allocation, many storm-damaged roads would be left in poor condition. For more on this story tune in to The Galway News@1…

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Máire Geoghegan-Quinn appointed chair of NUIG governing body

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway has announced the appointment of Dr. Máire Geoghegan-Quinn as chairperson of its governing authority, Údarás na hOllscoile.

Carna-native Dr. Geoghegan Quinn is a former Galway West TD, who served in a number of ministerial roles including Minister for the Gaeltacht and Minister for Justice.

She also served as European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and was a member of the European Court of Auditors.

Dr Geoghegan-Quinn was unanimously elected to the chair of NUI Galway’s governing authority at the first formal meeting of the new Údarás.

NUI Galway says her wealth of experience and knowledge nationally and internationally will be a huge asset as it looks to implement it’s strategic plan “Shared Vision, Shaped by Values”.

It aims to guide the strategic development of the university, ensure strong governance, and deepen existing connections while forming new relationships.

Dr Geoghegan-Quinn told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks she’s taking up the position at a pivotal time for NUI Galway.

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SIPTU members at Bon Secours Hospital in Galway to form part of national ballot for industrial action

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – SIPTU members working in the Bon Secours Hospital in Galway are to form part of a national ballot for industrial action, up to and including strike action.

It’s in an effort to secure a job evaluation process for up to 500 support grade workers – with over 100 at Bon Secours Galway impacted.

Support grade workers include health care assistants, porters, catering attendants and cleaners.

The decision follows a consultation which took place over recent weeks after which it has been agreed to ballot for both industrial and strike action across five hospital locations in Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Cork and Kerry.

SIPTU Sector Organiser, Miriam Hamilton, says the Bon Secours Health System and SIPTU have a long standing agreement linking the pay and working conditions of Bon Secours members to those of workers in the HSE.

She argues members believe that pay movements arising from the implementation of the job evaluation scheme in the HSE should also be applied to support grade workers in the Bon Secours Health System.

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Arts Council announces €3m for Galway organisations

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Arts Council has announced funding of €3m for artists and organisations across Galway.

The allocations are part of a €130m investment across the country this year.

The largest allocation in Galway is to the Druid Theatre Company, which will receive €894 thousand.

Next is the iconic Galway Arts Festival, which has been allocated €640 thousand.

€305 thousand is to go to street arts organisation Macnas – while the Babaro children’s festival will benefit to the tune of €294 thousand.

€160 thousand has been allocated to both the Town Hall Theatre and Galway Arts Centre.

While Galway Community Circus and Galway Film Fleadh will both receive €150 thousand.

Cló Iar-Chonnachta Teo has been awarded €85 thousand, while Áras Éanna has received €63 thousand.

Finally, €32 thousand will go to Galway Dance Project.

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