Galway Bay fm newsroom – Re-elected Loughrea Area Councillor Michael Fahy says he will not rule out a return to the Fianna Fail party.
The Ardrahan based independent councillor says he’s considering a return to the party he represented for 25 years.
Cllr Fahy was elected as a Fianna Fail representative in 1979, 1985, 1991, 1999 and 2004.
He later left the party and was elected as an independent councillor in 2009.
The Ardrahan man was elected again on the eighth and final count for the Loughrea district at Bailey Allen Hall in NUIG on Sunday night.
He received 1437 votes on the first count and had secured 1790 votes by the final count to secure his seat once again.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm news after his election, Cllr Fahy did not rule out a return to Fianna Fail.
He also spoke about his past dedication to the party:
If Cllr Fahy is readmitted to Fianna Fail, it would significantly alter the balance of power within the new county council.
Fianna Fail would then hold 13 seats, Fine Gael with 12 seats, with 10 independents, one Republican Sinn Fein and three Sinn Fein seats.
Fianna Fail held just seven seats in the previous council while Fine Gael held 13.
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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Galway City Councillor Niall McNelis has backed calls by Water Safety Ireland warning the public against using inflatable toys in open water.
Today marks World Drowning Prevention Day and the city councillor said they should never be used at rivers, lakes and beaches.
Lifeguards trained by Water Safety Ireland have also seen an increase in the use of inflatable toys such as air mattresses, boats and inflatable rings.
Both the Irish Coast Guard and Irish Water Safety organisations have called on everybody to redouble their efforts to ensure that basic safety precautions are observed when recreating on or near the water.
Councillor McNelis said that the lead of Clare and Waterford County Councils to ban inflatables from bathing areas should be followed nationally.
1,126 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has reported 1,126 new cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
123 patients are currently being treated in Irish hospitals with the virus in comparison with 105 yesterday.
Of those, 22 are in intensive care units, an increase of one.
The five-day moving average in Ireland has risen to 1,285, compared to 1,101 this day last week.
The 14-day incidence rate per 100,000 of the population now stands at 321, while the seven-day moving average is 1,229.
The head of the HSE says almost 70 percent of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Paul Reid says more than 5.5 million doses have been administered so far.
He says over 80 percent of adults have now had at least one dose.
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The decision to cancel the existing 20 and x 20 bus routes that services Loughrea has been criticised by independent deputy Sean Canney.
Bus Éireann said that the decision was taken to safeguard the viability of the 14 remaining routes following significant losses in 2020 and projected continuing losses over the next three years.
The route also services Craughwell, Aughrim and Ballinasloe.
Deputy Canney this morning has voiced his opposition to this decision saying that it was a total contradiction of Government policy to provide public transport as a means of reducing the number of cars on our roads.
He added that it was a further insult to rural people and denies them access to public transport.
Speaking to Galway Bay FM News, Deputy Canney said the government should take control of this issue and has also asked the NTA to investigate this decision.