Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is taking part in a global event this week commemorating organ donors
Plaques will be presented to the three Irish transplant hospitals – Beaumont, The Mater, and St. Vincent’s – by the Irish Kidney Association, Irish Heart & Lung Transplant Association, and Cystic Fybrosis Ireland.
The ceremony will take place at the Circle of Life Organ Donor Commemorative Garden in Salthill this Thursday at 2pm. (30/11)
Cities are also exchanging sculpted stone candles – a sculpture gifted by Galway to Cape Town, South Africa will be unveiled at Grote Schuur hospital.
The global event is organised by the Strange Boat Donor Foundation in association with Organ Donation & Transplant Ireland.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan one of the creators of the Salthill commemorative garden Martina Goggins says a letter of appreciation to organ donors will read at all the events taking place.
🎧 Galway TD claims “outdoor summer” too focused on take-over of public spaces for drinking
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says the Government’s “outdoor summer” has too much focus on the taking over of public spaces for the consumption of alcohol.
Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Catherine Connolly said there should have been a balanced reopening of all pubs and restaurants with capacity restrictions to ensure safety.
She was contributing to a debate on the need for clarity on the legality of drinking alcohol at tables outside pubs and restaurants.
It follows controversy over the fact Gardaí nationwide were told to use discretion when it comes to outdoor drinking and legal issues around licensing that have arisen.
In many cases, outlets now operating outdoor areas do not have a license to do so – in effect making the consumption of alcohol in these areas illegal.
Taoiseach Micheal Martin last evening accepted the situation is difficult for Gardaí and pledged that new laws will be brought forward shortly.
Deputy Connolly pointed out there are also bye-laws in Galway City that make public drinking illegal – which were not taken into consideration.
The issue was also debated by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv and Sinn Fein’s Louise O’ Reilly, who raised concerns over the lack of legal clarity over the situation.
Responding Minister Malcolm Noonan looked to be under pressure as both TD’s were thoroughly unimpressed with his responses.
However, addressing Deputy Catherine Connolly, Minister Noonan said the Goverment is increasing its promotion of what an outdoor summer means.
Headford pupil takes top award at national poster competition
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Headford pupil has taken a top national award at this year’s Green Schools Irish Water Poster Competition.
The annual event focuses every year on a theme around water sustainability – and this year’s theme was “valuing water”.
Éilla Joyce, of Scoil Naomh Fursa in Claran, was declared the national winner of the Senior Primary category.
The third class pupil also won the Senior Primary category for the North Western region, for her poster “Every Drop is Important – Save our Thirsty World”.
Meanwhile, Lilou Schmid, who attends senior infants at St. Josephs National School in Woodford, was also named a regional winner in the Junior Primary category for the North West.
While 2nd year student Sofija Stolareustea of Merlin College in Doughiska was a regional winner in the Secondary category for the North West.
City Council assessing possibility of installing PRIDE pedestrian crossing in the city
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is assessing the possibility of installing a PRIDE pedestrian crossing in the city.
The Local Authority has confirmed it’s received a number of representations calling for a rainbow coloured crossing and that the proposal is currently being reviewed with a decision to follow.
Council officials say if it goes ahead, the location will be selected by the engineering department with guidance from road marking contractors.
It comes as a rainbow coloured pedestrian crossing was recently installed in Dublin to mark PRIDE month which is currently ongoing.
Labour City Councillor Niall McNelis is calling for PRIDE crossings to be installed at the junction of Cross Street and in Eyre Square.
He says the proposal has the support of the local business community and it would be a very powerful symbol for the LGBT+ community in Galway.
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Photo – Dublin City Council