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Galway TDs up the ante over pensions for Community Employment Scheme supervisors

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says it’s time for Fianna Fail to put ‘the gun to the head’ of the Government over a long-running issue over pensions for Community Employment scheme supervisors.
It’s as a number of Galway TDs have supported a motion in the Dáil calling on the Government to immediately address the issue.

Fianna Fail has brought forward a motion in the Dáil calling on the Minister for Public Expenditure to address the situation as a matter of urgency.
It says despite a Labour Court ruling almost a decade ago, the Government has still not addressed the issue of occupational pensions for CE scheme supervisors.
It was vocally supported in the chamber by Galway Deputies Anne Rabbitte, Eamon O’ Cuiv, Catherine Connnolly, Noel Grealish and Michael Fitzmaurice.
Deputy Fitzmaurice said the long-running situation should be a red-line issue for Fianna Fail to ensure it gets sorted once and for all.
Deputy Catherine Connolly took exception to the fact that the issue of potential costs was raised by the Government.
Deputy Noel Grealish feels the work carried out by CE supervisors is largely unappreciated – sometimes even in their own communities.
While Deputy Anne Rabbitte pointed out that supervisors are not paid high wages considering the work they carry out and Kerry TD Danny Healy Rae said the Government is simply asleep at the wheel.

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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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