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Galway Fianna Fail councillors to plead with party leadership to vote against merger

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A delegation of Fianna Fáil councillors from Galway is travelling to Leinster House today to try and convince the party leadership to vote down the proposed amalgamation of the city and county councils.
The Dáil is due to vote on legislation regarding the planned merger on Thursday evening.
The decision to merge the councils follows the recommendations of the Galway Expert Advisory Group.
It recommends that the scheduled local elections in 2019 should be held for both councils as planned, but the merger should happen no later than 2021.
City and county Fianna Fáil councillors are against the merger and want a vote on the matter stalled until the funding allocations have been agreed.
At 12, hear Connemara area councillor Séamus Walsh who says he and his colleagues are pleading with party leader Micheál Martin to vote against the legislation…

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8,039 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 8,039 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

3,692 are PCR while a further 4,347 positive antigen tests have been registered through the HSE portal.

885 people are in hospital with the virus – 76 of them are in ICU.

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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.

City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.

Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.

Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.

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Over €23m for active travel projects across Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- More than €23m in funding is on the way to connect communities across Galway and make walking and cycling a safe transport alternative

The Government’s Active Travel Investment Programme will fund 64 projects across Galway city and county.

This will include cycling and footpath infrastructure, pedestrian crossings, public transport measures, investment in the Safe to Schools programme and the development of local greenways.

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