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Government publishes Bill to implement the amalgamation of Galway councils

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government has published a Bill to implement the amalgamation of Galway City and County Councils by 2021.
This follows recommendations from the Expert Advisory Group on Local Government arrangements to merge both councils.
It’s understood the first step will be the appointment of a single Chief Executive who will implement administrative integration through executive functions under the Local Government Acts.
However, Galway East TD Sean Canney says the issue of under funding for Galway County Council needs to be tackled if the proposed amalgamation is to be successful.
Deputy Canney argues that the Advisory group’s recommendations should be implemented to provide certainty to both councils.

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Gardaí seize suspected cocaine in Ballinasloe as part of Operation Tara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have seized €45,000 of suspected cocaine under Operation Tara in Ballinasloe.

Gardaí attached to Ballinasloe Garda Station conducted an intelligence led operation in the Dunlo Harbour area of the town yesterday.

During the course of this operation a quantity of suspected cocaine, estimated to be worth €45,000 concealed on derelict grounds was seized.

A male in his mid-teens was arrested at the scene and detained at Ballinasloe Garda Station on Sunday.

He has since been released with a file being prepared for the Garda Youth Diversion Office.

The focus of Operation Tara is to disrupt, dismantle and prosecute drug trafficking networks, at all levels.

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14 Covid patients being treated at UHG today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 14 patients are being treated for Covid 19 at UHG today.

The hospital now has the seventh highest number of coronavirus patients nationwide.

There are four Covid patients being treated in the intensive care unit at the acute city hospital.

In the east of the county, there is just one patient being treated for the virus at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe.

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Contractor to be appointed shortly for new footbridge at Clarin College Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A contractor is expected to be appointed shortly for a long-sought new pedestrian footbridge at Clarin College Athenry.

The matter arose at Athenry-Oranmore District level, where it was confirmed by senior engineers that “everything is ready to go”.

Tenders were issued in July and have now been assessed, with the local authority awaiting the official appointment of the successful contractor.

It’s expected once underway, the works will take around eight weeks to complete – though no provisional start date has yet been offered.

The footbridge was included in the original plans for the new school, but the works were excluded from the original contracts which led to long-running delays.

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