Fianna Fáil Councillor Seamus Walsh has been elected Cathaoirleach of the new Connemara municipal district.
He was chosen unanimously by the other 8 Connemara area councillors at the first meeting of the new district authority in Clifden this afternoon.
Fine Gael Cllr Eileen Mannion was elected leas-Cathaoirleach and says this new authority is a boost to Connemara.
During the meeting, councillors decided to rotate municipal meetings around the various towns of the Gaeltacht, and to maintain the use of Irish for those that wish to use it.
The group’s next meeting will be held in Carraroe on July 15th.
Eamon Ryan’s mother died suddenly while holidaying on Inishbofin
Green party leader Eamon Ryan is in mourning after his mother died suddenly while on holiday.
The Irish Independent reports that Mary Ryan had an accident while holidaying on Inishbofin off the coast of Galway.
She was airlifted to Galway University Hospital where she died on Tuesday.
A death notice on RIP.ie says Mrs. Ryan, who lived in Sandycove in Dublin, died ‘unexpectedly but peacefully’.
Plans for housing development in Claregalway turned down
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a housing development in Claregalway have been turned down.
The project, led by Donald Walsh, proposed the construction of 12 units at a site that originally formed part of the Gleann Mhuiris housing development.
It envisioned access to the mix of 4-bed, 3-bed and 2-bed units would be through the existing estate off the Oranmore Road.
However, planners have rejected the proposal, finding it’s not compatiable with objectives contained within the current County Development Plan.
Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year
Gawlway Bay fm newsroom – Galway farmers and fishermen among top beneficiaries of social welfare assistance last year.
874 were on either the Farm Assist or Rural Social Scheme in Galway in 2021.
Farm Assist is a payment to low-income farmers, capped at 208 euro per week.
The Rural Social Scheme is a similar support, aimed at low-income farmers and fishermen.
The Department of Social Protection says 5,004 people benefited from Farm Assist last year – and 2,981 were on the Rural Social Scheme.
Nationwide, almost 8,000 low-income farmers and fishermen beneffited, with the most in Mayo at almost 1,400.
That was followed closely by Donegal at 1,272, with Galway having the third most on either payment.