Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has announced a change of date for the Galway plebiscite which will ask the people of the county if they want a directly elected Mayor.
Galway will decide on the issue in 2021 after the city and county councils complete their merger.
The vote for Cork, Limerick and Waterford will take place earlier in May next year to coincide with local elections.
A Citizens Assembly will discuss the possible implications for Dublin next year.
Critics have questioned the move stating details about what powers and finances the Mayor will have are as yet unclear.
Public affairs advisor John Mooney says the proposal will not fix the issues in the political system.
He says government needs to hand over real power to local authorities – but this is not the way to do it.
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Extra Gardai to be deployed to Ballinasloe this Sunday amid fears of unofficial Horse Fair
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Additional garda resources will be deployed to Ballinasloe this Sunday amid concerns that an alternative horse fair will take place in the town, despite the cancellation of this year’s official event.
The Ballinasloe Fair Co-ordinating group made the decision to officially cancel this year’s event back in July in the interest of public health and safety.
The fair attracts up to 100,000 visitors each year and is the oldest and largest event of its kind in Europe.
Despite the announcement of its cancellation in July, there are now concerns that previous attendees of the festival are still planning to travel to Ballinasloe to trade at an unofficial event.
There are reports that accommodation providers in the area have seen an increase in bookings for this weekend.
Liam Hanrahan who is representing Galway County Council on the Ballinasloe Fair and Festival Co-ordinating Committee says they are requesting people to adhere to the decision that was made to cancel the event.
1,499 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Department of Health has reported 1,499 new cases of Covid-19.
Latest figures show the country’s 14-day incidence rate is 382,000 per 100,000 people – and it’s highest in Donegal, Monaghan, Louth and Carlow.
300 people are in hospital with the virus – an decrease of 10 in the past 24 hours.
63 people are being treated in ICU – down 3 in the same period.
Same day voting for Galway islands moves a step closer
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Same day voting for Galway islands has moved a step closer
It has been a bone of contention for quite some time that the Galway islands have to vote a few days ahead of the rest of the country
Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv has trail blazed this issue for many years, and is confident same day voting will be in place for the next election
He joins my now on the line to outline the timeline involved with moving the bill for the necessary legislation
Deputy O Cuiv, this campaign to give islanders the same basic rights as everyone else has been going on a long time