Galway Bay fm newsroom – A high-level meeting will take place next week to discuss the next step in a major project on the future of St. Brigid’s in Ballinasloe.
In recent weeks, an online survey on Minister Denis Naughten’s website invited the public to have its say on the future of the former hospital.
It drew over 600 detailed responses, which Minister Naughten believes is representative of the strong opinion held among those living in the town.
The site is owned by the HSE – but Minister Naughten hopes his consultation project will be taken on board in determining its future.
He says all responses have been carefully analysed and will form the basis for a major discussion workshop to be held on Friday June 1st.
It’ll involve a range of stakeholders both local and national – including representatives from the IDA.
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Bishop Kelly praises Martin Drennan’s 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bishop Brendan Kelly has praised the late Martin Drennan for his 54 years as “shepherd, teacher and pastor”.
Retired Bishop of Galway Martin Drennan passed away at the age of 78 last weekend.
His funeral will take place this afternoon at 1pm at the Cathedral.
Speaking at the reposal last evening at Galway Cathedral, Bishop Kelly, commended Bishop Drennan on his time served as priest and bishop.
County Council to begin examining one thousand submissions on beach bye-laws
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to begin the process of examining more than one thousand written submissions received on controversial beach bye-laws.
The bye-laws, which seek to introduce a range of regulations at beaches across the county, have meet with fierce opposition.
Among the measures are bans on dogs at certain times, and on the use of gear like kayaks, canoes and paddle boards near swimmers.
Water sports organisatons argue that in their current form, the proposed bye-laws would effectively ban watersports from the beaches.
Along with the more than one-thousand written submissions received, an online petition has gathered almost 5,500 signatures.
Dr. Barra Nevin from the ZoneGalwayBeaches campaign group, says what’s really needed is a proper zoning plan for Galway’s beaches.
East Galway to benefit from €169m Just Transition Fund
Galway Bay fm newsroom – East Galway is to benefit from a new €169m EU Just Transition Fund for the Midland counties.
The fund was approved at Cabinet today, to support Ireland’s move away from fossil fuels.
Over the next decade, it’ll help generate new green jobs, stimulate enterprise, support sustainable tourism and restore damaged peatlands.
East Galway, Kildare, Laois, Longford, North Tipperary, Offaly, Roscommon and Westmeath will all beneft from the fund.
Local Independent TD, Denis Naughten has been speaking to David Nevin.