Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the government to officially recognise the state of Palestine.
It’s after a Dáil vote in 2014 saw unanimous consensus among TDs on the issue.
Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has asked Tánaiste and Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney to explain why Ireland has yet to officially recognise the state of Palestine.
She says the government should explain why, over three years on from the passing of a Dáil motion, no formal recognition has been made.
In response to a written question submitted by the Independent deputy, Tánaiste Simon Coveney says the government is committed to recognising the State of Palestine as part of a lasting settlement of the conflict.
He says Ireland, along with its EU partners, supports the achievement of a two state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that meets Israeli and Palestinian security needs, and Palestinian aspirations for statehood and sovereignty.
Minister Coveney says successive Irish Governments have seen recognition of Palestine coming as part of an overall peace agreement.
However, he claims he has not yet concluded that immediate recognition by Ireland would be a helpful step.
Gardai appeal for information following damage to boat at Oughterard Pier
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Gardai in Oughterard are appealing for information after a boat was damaged in Oughterard last month.
Significant damage was caused to the rear of the boat while it was moored at Oughterard Pier and Gardaí believe the damage was caused by another vessel, or pleasure craft.
The incident is believed to have happened on a date between the 12th and 17th of May.
Gardaí are interested in speaking with anyone who may have been in the vicinity of the pier on these dates and who may be able to assist them with their enquiries.
In particular they are anxious to talk to anyone who may have witnessed a collision with this boat or who may have video footage, including dash cam footage, of this location covering the dates in question.
Anyone with information is asked to make contact with Garda Peter Naughton at Oughterard Garda Station on (091) 557320 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
LISTEN: Seamus Walsh is elected as the new Cathaoirleach of Connemara Municipal District
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Fianna Fáil councillor Seamus Walsh is new Cathaoirleach of Connemara Municipal District
He was elected at last evening’s meeting, where warm tributes were paid to outgoing chairman Fianna Fáil councillor Gerry King
He was praised for how he carried out his duties in the difficult and unprecedented year of the pandemic.
Councillor Walsh started by saying the most immediate danger to their location was the county development plan
319 new cases of COVID-19 in the Republic
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are 319 new cases of Covid-19 in the Republic.
60 patients are in hospital with the virus – the lowest in almost nine months.
That includes 23 in intensive care – which is the lowest this year.
There are no COVID patients in UHG and 3 in Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe, one of whom is in ICU.
The 14-day incidence rate is 113 per 100,000 people, as of Wednesday night.
There were 126 cases of the Indian or Delta variant by May 29th.
Meanwhile, as coronavirus infections rise in Britain, the British Medical Association is calling for the final easing of restrictions in England to be delayed.
The UK government’s due to announce on Monday whether the last stage of its roadmap will go ahead on June the 21st.
The BMA says it shouldn’t happen until there’s a better understanding, of how the recent increase in cases affects the number of people in hospital.