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Heated debate at County Hall over Athenry cycleway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was heated debate at County Hall this week over discussion about the potential for the National Cycleway to pass through Athenry.

The National Cycleway will run from Dublin to Galway – and planners are currently evaluating five possible route options from Athlone to Galway

Of the five routes, Athenry is featured in four, meaning the odds are heavily in the towns favor for inclusion in the 270km route.

But there was heated debate at County Hall this week as Councillor Shelly Herterich Quinn appeared to throw cold water over the town’s prospects.

She claimed that decision makers have ruled out Athenry as a route option, in part due to comments recently featured in the media by a local group.

She said she is “extremely upset” by the situation and warned this group needs to “wring its neck in”.

Council executives expressed confusion over the claims and said the route is under consideration and there is no public knowledge of Athenry being included or excluded.

Contributing to the discussion, Councillor Albert Dolan began by saying he had a good working relationship with his party colleague, Councillor Herterich-Quinn.

But he said it was “disgraceful” that she would make such strong comments in the chamber when no decision has been made.

Acting Cathaoirleach James Charity eventually interjected and said both councillors had had their say, and suggested any further discussion be taken outside.

When contacted by Galway Bay FM News, the Galway to Athlone Cycleway project team confirmed no decision has been made and no route has been excluded from the process at this time.

Discussions are ongoing with landowners on all five proposed routes, and they expect a preferred route to be presented before Christmas.

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Minister Ryan appoints Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh chairperson of Shannon Group

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway businessman Padraig O’Ceidigh has been appointed Chairperson designate of the Shannon Group.

Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan announced the move today, saying Mr O’Ceidigh will bring extensive experience and sectoral knowledge to the role.

He has held senior management positions including Executive Officer and Chairman of Aer Arann for some 26 years, and served as a Senator

Commenting on his appointment, Mr O’Ceidigh said Shannon Airport is a vital economic engine for the Shannon Region and wider west of Ireland economy.

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Funding approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been approved for extra classrooms at Lackagh National School

Minister for Education Norma Foley has confirmed that funding will be provided for the additional accommodation

It includes two new mainstream classrooms and a special education teacher room to cater for the current demand within the recently built school.

Independent Galway East TD Sean Canney says it’s important that an area like Lackagh has the capacity to deliver education in modern facilities – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Slight fall in numbers claiming PUP in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just over 106,000 people will receive the Pandemic Unemployment Payment this week.

That’s a drop of over 4,500 on last week.

The greatest reduction was in the Accommodation and Food Services sector.

In Galway, the drop in number is very small this week – it’s gone down 260

This means 5,440 people are still on the PUP in Galway

Commenting on the national figures Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys say today’s figures show the number claiming payments has now fallen for 33 consecutive weeks.

Since February, the number of young people, under the age of 25, who were claiming the PUP is down by over 90 per cent.

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