Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach for Galway City and County Councils will be selected next week (June 6).
The 18 newly elected city councillors and 39 county councillors will hold the first of their meetings for their five year term next Friday.
Galway County Council will hold its annual meeting at County Buildings at 2 next Friday.
This will be followed by a meeting of the new city council at City Hall on College Road at 6pm.
Central to the agenda for both meetings is the election of the Cathaoirleach and Leas-Chathaoirleach.
The city council will also make appointments to a number of outside bodies including the Association of Irish Local Government.
The newly elected county council now has 12 Fianna Fail representatives, 12 Fine Gael, 11 independents, one Republican Sinn Fein and three Sinn Fein members.
17 of these are new councillors.
The renewed city council has representation from six independents, four Fine Gael, three Fianna Fail, three Sinn Fein and two Labour members.
Seven of these are new councillors.
The political wranglings for the balance of power will intensify over the bank holiday weekend in the countdown to the first meetings next Friday.
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Galway TD says Government must stop “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East TD says the Government must stop the “fragmented” communication over Covid guidelines before they lose public trust.
It follows the fallout of an event organised by Katherine Zappone which was attended by 50 people including the Tanaiste.
The attorney-general has said outdoor parties of 200 people are allowed – but the hospitality sector and politicians point out this was not known or communicated.
Deputy Sean Canney says the mixed messaging going on is unacceptable and a degree of common sense is what’s needed.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan, he said the Government needs to give a single, unified message to the public.
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Ryanair investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding 8 new routes
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Ryanair is investing 84 million euro in Shannon Airport and adding eight new routes there.
It’s part of the airline’s recovery for the facility after the pandemic.
The majority of the new services will run in the winter, and will include flights to Corfu, Gran Canaria, Budapest and Birmingham in England.
The airline is now calling on the Government to implement the recommendations of the Aviation Taskforce, which includes a new National Aviation Policy.
The Shannon Group has welcomed the investment, and committment, saying it’s an important step on the road to recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ryanair also says its pre-pandemic service hasn’t returned at Cork Airport due to a lack of incentives.
Participants sought for NUIG study on seafood packaging
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Participants are being sought for a NUI Galway study on seafood packaging and waste management.
The study is part of an EU project which supports the sustainable development of the seafood sector in the Atlantic area.
Ireland has one of the lowest levels of consumption of seafood in Western Europe with very different consumption patterns that produce a lot of packaging.
Ireland tends to consume, on average, higher portions of packaged or frozen seafood, while other European countries lean towards fresh seafood.
The study at NUI Galway aims to understand Irish consumers knowledge of seafood packaging and waste management and how they compare to findings in Spain and Portugal.
Ultimately, the results will be used to help guide public policy that will promote efficient use of seafood packaging.
Participants are being sought for the study, which involves online questionnaires that take approximately 10 minutes – further information is available on the NUI Galway website.