Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have formally entered a power pact for Galway County Council.
There had been speculation for several days that the two parties would join together to ensure a majority of votes in the Council, but the agreement was only finalised this morning.
The pact, which involves 12 Fine Gael members and 12 Fianna Fáil members will mean the grouping will have 24 votes out of 39, giving them a majority.
The role of Mayor of the County is expected to be filled by 3 Fianna Fáil councillors over the next 5 years and 2 Fine Gael councillors.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Mary Hoade is expected to be nominated at the first mayor of the new Council at its meeting at NUIG today.
The Council meeting is being held at the Bailey Allen Hall as expansion works to the Council Chamber at Prospect Hill to accommodate the new extra councillors have not been completed.
Newcomer, Niamh Byrne from Fine Gael is due to be nominated as deputy mayor today.
The other councillors mooted to hold the position of Mayor during the 5 year term are FG’s Peter Roche, Michael Connolly of FF, Eileen Mannion of FG and Seán Ó Tuairisg of FF.
It’s understood Independent Councillor Michael Fahy will vote along with Fianna Fáil in the Council as he considers re-entering the party.
City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)
The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.
The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.
The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.
It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.
Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city
Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.
Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.
They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.
In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.
Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.
Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.
The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.
Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.
He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.
Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.
To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.