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Fine Gael and Fianna Fail finalise County Council pact

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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.

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City Council votes to take roads at Doughiska estate in charge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to take two roads at a Doughiska estate in charge.

Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of taking over the management of the roads at Fionnuisce.

It comes as last year an application calling for the City Council to takeover the roads was made by the Local Authority on behalf of residents from the estate.

The City Council has confirmed that 61% of residents voted in favour of the proposal, while 10 submissions were made on the plan – one by a residents group, one by a local elected representative and eight by local residents – all in favour of the proposal.

With the agreement by Councillors, the Local Authority will now manage almost 400 metres of road space, including open public spaces, within the Fionnuisce estate.

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Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.

The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.

The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.

A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.

It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.

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Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.

The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.

192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.

10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.

Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.

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