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European Commission Vice-President to take part in Citizens Dialogue in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Vice-President of the European Commission, Dubravka Suica, will visit NUI Galway next week (20/2) to take part in a Citizens Dialogue on the Future of Europe.

This Citizens’ Dialogue is an opportunity to engage with EU decision makers about what direction Europe should take next, post-Brexit.

It will also give the public a chance to debate how we can strengthen trust and confidence between EU institutions and the people they serve.

Local MEP Maria Walsh is encouraging anyone interested in Europe, and the impact it has on us all, to go along to NUIG next Thursday.

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Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton misses out on bid for Ceann Comhairle post

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seán Ó Fearghail has been re-elected as Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil.

The Fianna Fáil TD saw off Roscommon/Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten by 130 votes to 28.

Deputy Denis Naughton earlier addressed the Dail in his bid to become Ceann Comhairle stating Ireland needs an effective and questioning parliament.

In the next hour voting will begin to elect a Taoiseach, with no candidate likely to be successful.

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Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten addresses Dáil in bid to win Ceann Comhairle post

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton has addressed the Dail in his bid to become Ceann Comhairle stating Ireland needs an effective and questioning parliament.

The Dáil is sitting for the first time since the election with the names of all the TDs now having been read into the record of the house before the Ceann Comhairle is elected.

It’s a straight contest between the outgoing Ceann Comhairle Sean O’ Fearghail and Independent former Minister Denis Naughten.

The secret ballot is now underway.

Addressing the Dáil prior to the vote, Deputy Naughton said it’s becoming increasing more difficult to get straight answers to straight questions in the Dail.

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Eamon O’Cuiv suggests independent person may be needed to progress government formation talks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv has suggested an independent person may have to become involved in government formation talks if there is no end to the political deadlock.

It comes as the Dáil sits for the first time since the election later with no-one likely to be elected Taoiseach.

First the names of all the TDs will be read into the record of the house before the Ceann Comhairle is elected.

It’s a straight contest between the outgoing Ceann Sean O Fearghail and independent former Minister Denis Naughten.

That’ll be done by secret ballot and once completed the nominations for Taoiseach will start.

Mary Lou McDonald, Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan will all be put forward as candidates but no one is likely to be elected.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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