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Fierce debate in Dail over planned merging of city and county councils

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been fresh – and fierce – debate in the Dáil over the proposed merger of Galway City and County Council.
The planned amalgamation has been on the cards for several years but has attracted strong opposition from most of Galway’s public representatives.
A Government commissioned expert advisory group has produced a number of reports, all of which have recommended the union.
The Dáil has now been debating the second stage of the ‘Local Government Bill 2018′ – which is primarily focused on Co. Cork.
However, it contains a paragraph which proposes to provide a single CEO with responsibility for both councils to facilitate amalgamation.
It’s understood the Fianna Fail party will table an amendment to remove the provision from the bill – which will be supported by a number of Galway TDs.
Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv said it was a devious attempt to introduce radical change by stealth.
While Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish says funding issues with both local authorities should be a priorty, rather than touting possible mergers.
Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly questioned the credentials of the ‘expert advisory group’ to be making such recommendations – claiming none had any experience at council level.
Meanwhile, Galway-Roscommon Deputy Eugene Murphy cited the negative impact of the abolition of Ballinasloe Town Council in his argument against a merger.
And Galway West Junior Minister Sean Kyne also raised issues of fair representation under a single authority – particularly in the Connemara region.

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Appeal to An Bord Pleanala over refusal of housing development in Loughrea

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An appeal has been lodged with An Bord Pleanala against the refusal of a housing development in Loughrea.

MPD Property Developments had applied for permission to build 8 homes at the existing Ard na Gaoithe estate at Mount Pleasant.

The units – a mix of semi-detached and detached four-bed homes – would have been in lieu of 4 large detached homes previously granted permission.

County planners rejected the application in December – and an appeal has now been lodged with An Bord Pleanala.

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Galway ranked 39th worst in world for traffic congestion

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has been ranked the 39th worst city in the world for traffic congestion.

Traffic-analysing company, INRIX, found that commuters in Galway city spent 94 hours on average stuck in traffic last year.

Dublin was ranked at number 12 on the Global Traffic Scorecard, with commuters losing 114 hours in traffic there in 2022.

The world’s worst city for traffic last year was London, followed by Chicago and Paris.

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Finance Minister to speak at business lunch in city next month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister of Finance, Michael McGrath, will speak at a business lunch in Galway city next month.

The event is €55 for Galway Chamber members, and €65 for non-members.

The lunch, sponsored by Grant Thornton, will take place on Thursday 9th February in The Galway Bay Hotel at 12:30PM.

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