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Fianna Fail selects two sitting councillors to contest Tuam area local election

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fianna Fáil has selected sitting Councillors Mary Hoade and Donagh Killilea to contest the upcoming local election in the Tuam Municipal District.

Over 100 delegates attended a selection convention at the Corralea Court Hotel in Tuam last night. *

Former TD Colm Keaveney had initially indicated that he would put his name forward for selection, however he withdrew before the convention last night.

Three names went forward – Councillors Hoade and Killilea and Milltown-native businessman Joe Sheridan.

After a vote, Councillors Hoade and Killilea were selected to contest the election.

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Connemara campaigners call on Galway West TD’s to commit to improving region

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners in Connemara have called on all 5 Galway West TD’s to commit to working on a range of issues in the region, in the wake of the General Election.

While 4 deputies were returned to the constituency, Connemara native and outgoing Fine Gael Gaeltacht Minister Sean Kyne lost out to Sinn Fein’s Mairead Farrell.

Campaigners have long argued that Connemara has been chronically ignored or underfunded by successive Governments; the condition of the N59 is a particular issue of contention.

In the aftermath of the General Election, they’ve now written to all 5 Galway West TD’s to ask for a committment to work for better infrastructure in the region.

Addressing Deputies Catherine Connolly, Eamon O’ Cuiv, Hildegarde Naughten, Noel Grealish and Mairead Farrell, they list a number of priorities they want to see worked on over the term of the next Government.

These include a full upgrade of the N59 from Galway to the Mayo border; a full survey of all regional roads in Connemara and their condition; upgrading of local piers; new bridges on the R374 and the progression of the new R336 from Galway to Screebe.

They’re also asking that the Connemara Municipal District be returned to its previous state of a single region – rather than the current split of Connemara North and Connemara South.

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ESB crews continue to work to restore power across Galway as Storm Dennis rages on

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – ESB crews are continuing to try restore power to homes across Galway as Storm Dennis passes over Ireland.

Nearly 1,300 homes are without power this afternoon including 885 in Kilcolgan, 272 in Salthill, 96 in Oughterard, 41 in Spiddal and 17 in Recess.

The ESB has already restored power to over 2-thousand homes since this morning and it’s expected all power outages will be resolved by 4 o’clock this afternoon.

Meanwhile, Met Éireann says severe gusts are on the way.

A status orange wind warning is in place throughout the county as winds with mean speeds of 60 to 80 kilometres per hour and severe gusts of up to 120 kilometres per hour are expected.

The warning will remain in place until 10 o’clock tonight and also affects counties Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

As a result, the National Hurling League game between Galway and Tipperary has been cancelled today – which was due to take place at 2 o’clock at Pearse Stadium.

National parks including Coole Park, Connemara National Park and Knockma Wood are also closed today.

The Coast Guard is appealing for people to stay away from beaches, cliffs and piers and drivers are being urged to take extra care on the roads as spot flooding has occured throughout the city and county.

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Thousands expected at annual Novena at Galway Cathedral

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Thousands are expected at the annual Galway Solemn Novena which begins tomorrow at Galway Cathedral.

In it’s 39th year, the Novena will focus on a letter written by Pope Francis titled ‘Rejoice and be Glad’ and will address the theme of holiness.

It will run from tomorrow morning until the 25th of February at Galway Cathedral.

There are six sessions scheduled each day with weekday sessions taking place at 7:30am, 11am, 1:10pm, 3:30pm, 7:30pm and 9pm.

Meanwhile, weekend sessions will take place at 9am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 4:30pm, 6:30pm and 8pm.

For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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