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Government pushes ahead with plans to merge city and county councils

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The government is to push ahead with plans to merge Galway City and County Councils.
Minister for Local Government, John Paul Phelan presented a report on Local Government structures in Galway and Cork to government.
The report endorses the proposal to merge the local authorities in Galway.
The report presented by Minister Phelan supports the recommendations of the Galway Expert Advisory Group for the amalgamation of Galway City and County Councils.
The report recommends that the 2019 local elections should be held to the two local authorities as currently constituted, but the amalgamation should happen no later than 2021.
The members elected in 2019 to both local authorities should combine to form the membership of the unified council.
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Plans for 60 apartments at West City Retail Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for an apartment block at West City Centre Office & Retail Park in Westside.

The project would involve the demolition of the existing first floor office level, to make way for 60 new apartments.

The development would be primarily made up of two-bed and single-bed units spread across first, second and third floor level.

At present, Aldi is the anchor tenant of the retail park at ground floor level.

City planners are due to make a decision in January.

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Two Galway teaching graduates receive top awards

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway teaching graduates have achieved ‘top of their class’ status at the annual Hibernia College conferring ceremony.

Along with that honour, Spiddal’s Aonghus Ó hEochaidh also received a placement performance award by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.

While Mary Corless, a teacher in Scoil Bhride in Tuam, was awarded for receiving the highest grade in the research module.

Both teaching graduates were awarded during their conferring at Dublin’s Convention Centre.

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Call for county council to have 24/7 contract to service traffic lights

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway County Council to have a 24/7 contract to service traffic lights.

Local Councillor Jim Cuddy is making the call after lights at Carnmore Cross were out of order from Friday last to Monday afternoon.

The Athenry/Oranmore councillor claims the temporary flashing lights put in place were “totally inadequate” in terms of road safety.

Councillor Cuddy says having no access to service on weekends is not good enough.

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