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Heated debate at County Hall as Ballinasloe and Athenry/Oranmore area councillors do battle over roads funding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been heated debate at County Hall where Ballinasloe and Athenry/Oranmore area councillors became locked in battle over roads funding.

Athenry/Oranmore members are disappointed at a recommendation to withdraw an arrangement which secured an allocation of additional roads funding for their area.

Under the motion agreed in 2017, any additional roads funding to the county was reduced by 10 percent to be ringfenced for a 25 kilometre radius from the city.

However a recommendation from Ballinasloe Municipal District has sought to withdraw the arrangement and discontinue it on an annual basis.

Ballinasloe councillors argued the decision wasn’t taken lightly and was taken as it’s felt the far end of the county is being discriminated against.

They added that the current arrangement means it’s not an even playing field and they’re just looking for equality throughout the county.

Oranmore/Athenry councillors argued it’s well documented that the area does not receive adequate funding and although it has less roads, they’re the busiest as they serve as main routes from the east side of Galway into the city.

After heated debate, 14 councillors backed the amended motion to withdraw the arrangement and 16 indicated against.

Fianna Fail councillor Martina Kinane said it was the right decision 18 months ago and it’s the right decision now, tune in at 2pm to hear her…

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Galway TD challenges Minister in Dáil over exclusion of carers from healthcare bonus

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A Galway TD has challenged the Minister for Public Expenditure in the Dáil over the exclusion of family and home carers from the pandemic bonus.

Frontline healthcare workers are to be given a 1 thousand euro bonus to recognise their efforts throughout COVID-19.

However, under the current plans, home and family carers are not eligible for the payment.

Addressing Minister Michael McGrath, Deputy Mairead Farrell pointed out they lost everything during the pandemic at very short notice.

She argued without their efforts, the Government would have been in a very serious predicament.

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Ballinasloe group wins legal challenge preventing the operation of a waste transfer facility in the town

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A Ballinasloe community group has succeeded in its latest legal action to prevent the operation of a waste transfer facility in the East Galway town.

The ‘Ballinasloe Says No’ group took legal action to prevent Galway County Council granting a permit to operate a waste transfer station at Poolboy in April 2021.

The High Court has now quashed the decision by Galway County Council to grant a permit on environmental grounds.

The group are calling on the local authority to refuse any future application for a permit or extension or renewal of planning permission for a waste transfer facility in Poolboy.

Speaking to Galway Talks earlier, PRO & Secretary of the Ballinasloe Says No campaign Senator Aisling Dolan says the group is prepared to challenge any further attempts to bring a waste transfer facility to the town.

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Two arrested in connection with major Galway city drugs seizure are released without charge

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

Two men arrested in connection with a €85,000 cash and drug seizure in Galway city have been released without charge.

Shortly after 8pm on Tuesday Galway Divisional Drugs Unit carried out a search at a house in the Ballybane area of Galway City.

Over €53,000 worth of suspected cocaine, €25,000 in cash along with smaller amounts of cannabis herb and MDMA were seized.

Last night two men, both in their late teens were arrested in connection with the seizure.

Gardai say both men have now been released without charge and a file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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