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Galway TD leads new bill aimed at protecting seaweed harvesting rights

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Independent Deputy, Catherine Connolly, is associated with an effort in the Dáil to protect the traditional claim to seaweed harvesting rights by local people.
A Bill supported by Deputies Thomas Pringle and by Deputy Connolly is to be voted on in the Dáil tomorrow.
Meanwhile, the price being paid to seaweed harvesters on the Connemara coast has been boosted amidst intense competition among a number of companies.

Deputy Catherine Connolly has been speaking in the Dáil this evening in support of a Bill which seeks to prevent bigger companies from obtaining licences to harvest seaweed over large swathes of the coastline.
Both Deputy Connolly and Thomas Pringle from Donegal are leading an effort to protect the time honoured rights of local people along the seashore to harvest seaweed.
Fianna Fáil is expected to support the Bill and it could have majority support in the Dáil.
This would be a major turn of event in a controversy over seaweed rights.
There have been fears that larger entities could control the resource and a deputation of ten people from Connemara went to Dáil Éireann today.
Meanwhile, harvesters in Connemara have seen a boom in the price of a ton of seaweed.
Arramara Teo, the largest company is now paying €53 – up from €43 and that is being matched or beaten by two other companies.

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City to host public consultation on new hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public consultation meeting will take place in the city next week on a planned major hydrogen hub at Galway Harbour. (14/12)

The major zero-emissions transport facility will research, produce and use renewable hydrogen gas.

The fuel will initially be distributed for use by buses and trucks, and then extended to maritme and aviation.

The public consultation will provide an overview of the project and the proposed route options for electric cables.

It takes place the Harbour Hotel on Wednesday December 14th, from 3 to 8pm.

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Obsolete public phone boxes removed across city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – It’s the end of an era – as the last of the obsolete public phone boxes across the city are being removed.

Crews have been removing boxes at Eyre Square, Bridge Street and in Galway’s West End in recent days.

They’ve been described as eye-sores – while Councillor Niall McNelis says they were effectively being used as public toilets.

In recent years, some of the boxes have been replaced with modern open-air kiosks, which combine a pay-phone with a digital screen offering public information.

Councillor McNelis has been speaking to David Nevin.

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Tanaiste Leo Varadkar to visit Galway tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Leo Varadkar is to visit Galway tomorrow for a series of engagements across the county.

The Tanaiste will be visiting Connemara, Galway City, and Athenry.

Leo Varadkar will be hitting the road early, with his first stop at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara shortly after 9am.

He’ll then travel to University of Galway, where he’ll be attending the launch of Construct Innovate at mid-day.

Construct Innovate is Ireland’s National Construction Technology Centre – and aims to make Ireland a global leader in research and innovation in the sector.

To round off his trip to Galway, The Tanaiste will pay a late afternoon visit to the Bia Innovator Campus in Athenry at 4.45pm.

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