Galway bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Micheal Kitt is expected to hold talks with Michael Martin next week over Colm Keaveney’s move to the Fianna Fáil party.
Fianna Fáil Deputy Kitt first learned of the surprise move on Tuesday morning when contacted by Galway bay fm news.
The parliamentary party formally approved former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney’s application to join Fianna Fáil that afternoon.
The Irish Independent reports Michael Kitt will confront the party leader next week over the manner in which Keaveney’s move was communicated to members.
Deputy Kitt was unavailable for comment when contacted by the Galway bay fm newsroom.
Local TD demands support for farmers with cost of shearing sheep
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway East TD Sean Canney says the Government must put a scheme in place to support farmers in the shearing of sheep.
It follows the recent publication of a long-awaited Wool Feasibility Study, which recommends a range of measures to develop and market Irish wool.
Deputy Canney says while it’s all hugely positive news, farmers do need some help in the meantime – such as a €5 shearing grant per sheep.
Speaking to Galway Talks, he says there is huge potential for wool in our economy.
City language school calls for state funding to support free English lessons for Ukrainians
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city language school is calling on the Government to provide funding to meet the enormous demand for English lessons from Ukrainian refugees.
Galway Language School, based at Bridge Mills, is providing free classes during the summer months.
But it says it cannot meet the huge demand for the lessons, which it argues will help refugees to integrate and take up jobs in many sectors.
Speaking to Galway Talks, Director Patrick Creed says the state urgently needs to provide support.
30 SIPTU community workers protest in Eyre Square over pay
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approximately 30 SIPTU workers carrying flags and banners have gathered in Eyre Square to protest over pay
The protest is part of the 24 hour work stoppage in the community sector and Section 39 organisations in Galway, Dublin and Waterford
The industrial action is part of the Valuing Community campaign, with the workers calling for their first pay rise in 14 years.
The Galway city protesters have been speaking to our reporter David Nevin