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Galway Junior Minister staunchly defends 20 million allocation to Connacht Rugby

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD and Junior Minister Sean Kyne has staunchly defended the substantial government allocation to Connacht Rugby for the development of a new stadium

On Friday morning the Government approved 10 million euro in a sport grant for Connacht Rugby and a few hours later as revealed on Galway Bay fm’s FYI Galway topped it up with an additional 10 million

This was over and above the Department of Sport’s spending limits and raised questions as to how the government could find another 10 million euro in just 6 hours when criticised for it being just half of what was promised

In defending the 20 million allocation Minister Kyne says they were not confident of securing funding from the IRFU as it was not a priority for the body

Chief Whip Seán Kyne says the IRFU didn’t even agree to a meeting with the Western TDs when formally asked for one – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Councillor calls for increased staffing levels at Athenry train station

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Irish Rail is being urged to review its staffing levels, as well as access to public toilet facilities and lifts at Athenry train station.

Independent councillor Gabe Cronnelly has raised the matter at municipal district level.

He says that the waiting room in Athenry is only available from 8am to 4pm and outside of these hours, there is no access to toilets.

His comments followed the circulation of correspondence from Irish Rail following a call to review the frequencies of the train stops in Attymon, Athenry and Oranmore.

He also argued that a lift is regularly out of order causing many who are elderly or who have a disability to travel to other stations such as Oranmore.

In correspondence to the MD, Irish Rail stated Attymon station is a low demand area and the addition of stops would require significant additional patronage.

The Seanad candidate argued Attymon is low demand simply because nobody knows about it.

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Major extension for Headford school to increase capacity by 300 pupils

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister has approved a major extension for Presentation College Headford – which will bring the secondary school’s population to 1-thousand pupils.

Galway East TD and Junior Minister received the confirmation from Minster Joe McHugh.

The multimillion euro development includes a major extension providing new classrooms and technology rooms – as well as a new state-of-the-art autism unit which will consist of three specially designed classrooms and sensory rooms.

The school’s existing building will also undergo refurbishment and repurposing during the development.

The extension will allow Presentation College Headford to increase its enrolment from 700 pupils to 1-thousand.

Minister Cannon says this it’s exciting news for an excellent school.

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HSE confirms improvement in water quality at St. Brendan’s Nursing Unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has confirmed that the water quality at St Brendan’s Community Nursing Unit in Loughrea has shown improvement.

It’s after 21 beds were closed at the facility last April after Legionella bacteria was detected in the water.

The entire water system at St Brendan’s has been flushed with chlorine dioxine and the HSE has confirmed that the first test results since the treatment have shown an improvement in the water quality.

If this rate of improvement continues, it’s expected the beds will reopen in the Spring.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says while it is welcome progress, the unit is not yet out of the woods – to hear more tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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