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LISTEN: Strong interest in Eyre Square peace event

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There was strong interest in a peace event held in the city this afternoon to mark the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing.
Around two dozen people turned up to mark the event – but it drew considerable interest from tourists and passers by who stopped to hear a range of speeches and musical performances.
Among those in attendance was former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday, who resigned his position in 1990 over what he described as genocidal sanctions imposed on Iraq.
Today’s peace event at Eyre Event was organised by the Galway Alliance Against War to remember the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945 and raise awareness of the growing dangers of nuclear conflict.
These people told Galway Bay FM why they were at today’s event:

http://galwaybayfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/PeaceVox.mp3Former Assistant UN Secretary General Denis Halliday says the Irish Government needs to pay more attention to the concerns of the public:

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75 broadband connections to be installed in Galway schools and community facilities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 75 broadband connections will be installed in Galway primary schools and community facilities over the next two years.

That’s according to Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte.

She says 10 primary schools will get their new broadband connection by the end of this year, while a further 38 national schools will be included in the rollout next year.

A further 20 public WiFi broadband connection points will also be installed this year at locations including the Ballinakill Community Centre in Kylebrack and Sylane Hurling Club.

Currently almost 40,000 premises in county Galway do not have access to high-speed broadband – this represents close to 30% of all premises in the county.

It comes as nationwide 4,000 homes and businesses have been reached in the first half of this year, out of a target of 115,000 set by National Broadband Ireland for the end of 2021.

23,000 premises have already been surveyed, and network designs for more than 174,000 premises have been developed since the project commenced.

Chairman of NBI David McCourt says the company will make up for lost time.

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Decision on Galway ring road proposal encounters further delay

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The decision date on the proposed Galway city ring road has been pushed back for a second time until the end of August.

An Bord Pleanála was due to issue its decision on the controversial project later this week having already extended the initial target date from the end of April.

The proposed N6 GCRR is made up of a 5.6 kilometres of single carriageway from 2 kilometres west of Barna Village to the Ballymoneen Road and 11.9 kilometres of dual carriageway from Ballymoneen Road to the eastern tie-in with the N6 at Coolagh, Briarhill.

The plans are expected to impact 500 landowners, 44 houses and 11 businesses.

Galway West TD Noel Grealish has expressed disappointment at the further delay saying it has extended the agony for dozens of families whose homes are under threat of demolition.

Deputy Grealish said that the news is a real blow to the 54 families whose homes are to be demolished or acquired to make way for the ring road, adding that some of them were receiving medical attention for the stress and anxiety caused by the whole project.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, he called on An Bord Pleanála to ensure that there would be no further hold-ups, and that a final decision would be issued in August.

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Galway West TD urges government to stand up for Irish fishermen as protestors gather over drop in quota

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Sinn Féin TD Mairéad Farrell has urged the government to stand up for Irish fishermen and end what she describes as the long-running injustices in the EU’s Common Fisheries Policy.

Her comments come ahead of a protest of fishing families due to take place this morning outside the Convention Centre in Dublin.

Fishermen are protesting over a drop in quota due to Brexit and the fact the deal will only allow them to catch 15% of fish in Irish waters.

Organisations have warned up to four thousand jobs in the fishing and processing industry could be lost.

Deputy Farrell argues a statement of intent is now needed from government that they will fight tooth and nail for Ireland’s fair share of the fish in our waters when the Common Fisheries Policy is revisited.

Minister for Agriculture and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, says the government is trying to secure more quota for Irish vessels.

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