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LEGAL ADVICE HALTS PLAN TO PUNISH UNRULY CITY COUNCILLORS

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An attempt to punish unruly city councillors by reducing or suspending their remuneration has been deemed ‘unconstitutional’.

In February, a majority of councillors voted in favour of changing Standing Orders at Council meetings, allowing the Council to suspend privileges or remuneration for any councillor deemed to be out-of-order.

However, the Council’s own legal advisors have said that the motion which was passed is ‘outside the permitted scope of standing orders’.

They also advise that there ‘is no statutory power in the local government code” which enables the Council ‘to direct that services be withdrawn.”

Councillor Padraig Conneely, opposed the amendment which would affect unruly Councillors and says legal advice backs up what he had previously said.

Councillor Peter Keane says that although his motion may be ruled out on legal grounds, change is still needed.

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Three arrested after seizure of almost €1m of cannabis in Kilcolgan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three people have been arrested after almost €1m of cannabis was seized in Kilcolgan.

It follows a search carried out late yesterday afternoon which uncovered a growhouse in the area.

Members of the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises in Kilcolgan at around 3.30pm as part of Operation Tara.

They discovered a sophisticated growhouse operation and seized suspected cannabis plants worth €950 thousand.

Two men, both in their 40’s, and a woman in her 30’s, were arrested at the scene.

All of the drugs seized will be sent for analysis and Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says the seizure is a significant blow to those trafficking illegal drugs in Galway – and Gardaí will continue to work to tackle and dismantle drug networks.

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Almost 60% Galway’s small and medium enterprises are investing in upskilling the workforce

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 60% of Galway’s small and medium sized enterprises are investing in training and upskilling their workforce.

That’s according to research by business support and mentoring programme MentorsWork.

They also found that just over half of Galway’s SMEs understand the implications of tech threats, and almost half are up to date with automation and digitalisation.

Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Elizabeth Bowen, stresses the importance of training and upskilling.

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Increased Garda presence across city in light of recent assaults

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s now an increased Garda presence across Galway city in light of the recent level of serious assaults.

At this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said assaults causing harm are a serious concern.

He said Gardaí are putting resources into tackling the issue, and foot patrols have been increased.

But it was noted that more Gardaí on the beat means some other specialist units are having to make do with less resources.

Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says there will be a highly visible presence in the city for the rest of this month.

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