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Galway 2020 makes bid to recoup some of costs associated with cancelled weekend ceremony

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway 2020 has contacted its insurers in a bid to recoup some of the costs associated with last weekend’s cancelled opening ceremony in the city.

The event at South Park had been earmarked as a high-level culmination of a week long fire-tour across the county, which began in Clifden on Sunday.

It was called-off on Saturday morning on health and safety grounds, after Met Eireann issued an orange weather wind warning for Galway.

At a meeting of Galway City Council last evening, Galway 2020 CEO Patricia Philbin confirmed that the board has contacted its insurers regarding cancellation cover.

She added that it’s not yet known what or how much the body can claim back on insurance.

Several councillors questioned the decision to host the event at the Claddagh Park.

Chief Execuitive Brendan McGrath defended the site, saying the event would have been called-off regardless of the location.

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Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton misses out on bid for Ceann Comhairle post

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seán Ó Fearghail has been re-elected as Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil.

The Fianna Fáil TD saw off Roscommon/Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten by 130 votes to 28.

Deputy Denis Naughton earlier addressed the Dail in his bid to become Ceann Comhairle stating Ireland needs an effective and questioning parliament.

In the next hour voting will begin to elect a Taoiseach, with no candidate likely to be successful.

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Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughten addresses Dáil in bid to win Ceann Comhairle post

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton has addressed the Dail in his bid to become Ceann Comhairle stating Ireland needs an effective and questioning parliament.

The Dáil is sitting for the first time since the election with the names of all the TDs now having been read into the record of the house before the Ceann Comhairle is elected.

It’s a straight contest between the outgoing Ceann Comhairle Sean O’ Fearghail and Independent former Minister Denis Naughten.

The secret ballot is now underway.

Addressing the Dáil prior to the vote, Deputy Naughton said it’s becoming increasing more difficult to get straight answers to straight questions in the Dail.

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Eamon O’Cuiv suggests independent person may be needed to progress government formation talks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom:

Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv has suggested an independent person may have to become involved in government formation talks if there is no end to the political deadlock.

It comes as the Dáil sits for the first time since the election later with no-one likely to be elected Taoiseach.

First the names of all the TDs will be read into the record of the house before the Ceann Comhairle is elected.

It’s a straight contest between the outgoing Ceann Sean O Fearghail and independent former Minister Denis Naughten.

That’ll be done by secret ballot and once completed the nominations for Taoiseach will start.

Mary Lou McDonald, Micheál Martin, Leo Varadkar and Eamon Ryan will all be put forward as candidates but no one is likely to be elected.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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