Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway city is to seek purple flag status in 2014.
The purple flag is an accreditation scheme which honours excellence in the appeal and management of a town or city centre area.
The first purple flags in the Republic were awarded to Dublin and Ennis last year.
Councillor Niall McNelis says securing the status will promote Galway as a safe destination for shopping, socialising and living.
O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.
Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.
Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.
He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.
Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.
That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.
She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.
Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.
Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.
Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.
She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.