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Galway IFA Chair brands decision by Agriculture Minister to hold only Galway CAP consultation in West of the county this evening “a big disappointment”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The chairperson of Galway IFA says she has requested that the Agriculture Minister make a second CAP consultation visit to Galway to hear the concerns of farmers from across the County.

The Agriculture Minister has come under fire for his decision to hold his only planned CAP consultation meeting for Galway in Maam Cross this evening.

Minister Charlie McConalogue is holding meetings in every county in a bid to hear directly from farmers as part of the CAP consultation process over the coming weeks.

The Fianna Fail Minister will speak at Maam Cross Mart at 7.30 this evening as part of the tour.

Galway IFA Chairperson Anne Mitchell has been telling Sally-Ann Barrett that the organisation of this evening’s meeting at Maam Cross Mart is a big disappointment for IFA members right across County Galway.

Meanwhile a Tuam Councillor has branded the decision by the Agriculture Minister to hold his only consultation meeting for farmers in Maam Cross as “a slur on the people of East Galway. “

Councillor Pete Roche says this evening’s location has ruled out the attendance of many farmers across the county.

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Approval granted for new Connacht/Ulster Technological University integrating GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approval has been granted for the establishment of a new Technological University for the West and North-West that will integrate GMIT.

The green light from Higher Education Minister Simon Harris will see the amalgamation of the Connacht Ulster Alliance – GMIT, Letterkenny IT and Sligo IT.

The new TU will offer almost 600 academic programmes from pre-degree to doctoral level to a student population of over 20 thousand students across eight campuses.

Announcing the approval today, Minister Harris said it will increase access to college, lead to enhanced regional development and boost local opportunities.

Galway West Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughten says it’s a milestone day for the entire region.

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City public meeting to discuss prospect of united Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city this evening to discuss the increasing prospect of a united Ireland. (28/10)

The event is organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future.

It’s the second meeting in a national series and will take place at the Galmont Hotel at 7pm – and will also be streamed online via social media.

Panelists will include local TD’s Eamon O’ Cuiv and Mairead Farrell, and Deputy President of NUI Galway Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh.

Gerry Carlile, CEO of Ireland’s Future, is encouraging everyone to attend this evenings meeting.

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Savita Halappanavar to be remembered at vigil outside Dáil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Savita Halappanavar will be remembered at a vigil in Dublin this evening.

It’s nine years since the 31 year old died at University Hospital Galway, following complications with an incomplete miscarriage.

The Campaign Against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare group will gather outside the Dail from 5.30 this evening.

Women’s rights campaigner Ailbhe Smyth, says her death led to real debate and action on abortion rights in Ireland.

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