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Fine Gael leadership hopefuls Varadkar and Coveney gear up for Ballinasloe debate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Simon Coveney and Leo Varadkar are gearing up to take part in their next leadership debate in Ballinasloe this evening.
The town is to host one of four regional debates in the Fine Gael leadership contest.
It follows a groundswell of support in the west and northwest for Minister Leo Varadkar to succeed Enda Kenny.
The public debate gets underway at the Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe at 8 this evening.
During last night’s leadership debate Simon Coveney spoke about some of the parties they may enter government with.
The Housing Minister singled out the Green Party in particular.
However, Fine Gael will categorically not enter government with Sinn Féin, according to the party’s two leadership hopefuls.
Both Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney ruled out a deal with Sinn Féin.
Simon Coveney said their brand of politics is dishonest and not compatible with Fine Gael.
Leo Varadkar says he simply wouldn’t entertain it.

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Three Galway projects awarded over half a million in funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Three Galway cross-border projects have been granted a share of more than half a million euro in funding.

Taoiseach, Micheál Martin, announced the 25 projects to benefit from the Shared Island Local Authority Development Funding Scheme.

The three Galway projects are artist-led support programme, Culture Connects, Altantic Region of Creative Content and AgriFood Infrastructure Enabling Growth.

Galway city and county councils will lead the projects and collaborate with local authories in Northern Ireland and third level institutes.

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Plans to demolish nursing home in Barna to make way for housing turned down

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to demolish a nursing home in Barna to make way for a housing development have been rejected.

The project, led by Tony O’Flaherty, would have seen 12 detached houses built at Truskey West.

It would have involved the demolition of the Villa Maria Nursing Home – to be replaced with houses arranged in one row of 7 units, and another of 5 units.

But county planners have turned down the application, finding it would be an over-development of the area.

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Boil Water Notice lifted for customers in Eyrecourt

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The Boil Water notice has been lifted for all affected customers in Eyrecourt supplied by Ballinasloe Public Water Supply

The HSE, Irish Water and the County Council have confirmed that the water is now safe to drink.

The notice was issued to 350 customers due to the low levels of chlorine and coliform bacteria detected in part of the supply network.

It was due to a section of old cast iron main that has now been replaced.

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