Mayor of Galway is highest paid Galway councillor
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Mayor of Galway Pádraig Conneely topped the list of Galway councillors for salary and expenses last year.
According to today’s Irish Indepedent, he was paid 59,613 euro in 2013.
He was followed by former Mayor of County Galway, Tom Welby- who received 46,813 euro last year.
The lowest paid city councillor was Michelle Murphy, who earned just over 1,000 euro – Councillor Murphy was co-opted to the council following the departure of Senator Hildegard Naughton.
In the county, the lowest paid councillors last year were Jim Cuddy and Malachy Noone, who each received just under 22,000 euro.
On average, most city and county councillors were paid between 25,000 and 35,000 euro in 2013.
Councillors are paid an annual salary of 16,565 euro, and can also claim expenses from their local authority for attending meetings, conferences and training courses.
There is also a payment for mayors and deputy mayors, and for chairing certain committees.
Last year, over 446 thousand euro was paid to Galway City Councillors, while County Councillors were paid a total of over 903 thousand euro.
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Sean Canney says modular homes not magic solution to housing crisis
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Modular homes aren’t the magic solution to our housing crisis that some think it is.
That’s according to Galway East TD Sean Canney, who himself has a background in construction.
He’s told the Dáil that the sooner we stop looking at modular homes or off-site construction as a panacea to solve our problems the better.
Deputy Canney said we have far too much red tape in this country and that needs to be tackled.
Corrandulla NS wins trophy at national science competition
Galway Bay FM Newsroom-A county primary school has received a top award at a national science competition
Corrandulla National School took third place at the Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials Awards, held at University of Galway.
The START competition is a project-based annual event to encourage pupils across the country to learn about the importance of clinical trials.
Pupils at Corrandulla National School won a trophy for their investigation into the impact of mindfulness on concentration in the classroom.
Techniques such as colouring, storytelling, breathing techniques, yoga and sensory play were tested- and the children’s emotions and feeelings were captured.
They concluded that children were happier after a mindfulness break, and were less likely to fidget, misbehave or disrupt the class.
Significant step forward in plans for new pedestrian footbridge in Oughterard
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There’s been an important step forward in long-awaited plans for a new pedestrian footbridge in Oughterard.
Transport Infrastructure Ireland has given early-stage approval for the project to proceed.
For years, locals have sought a footbridge as a solution to serious safety hazards posed to pedestrians over the narrow bridge in Oughterard.
A recent count shows there are almost 600 pedestrian crossings on any given school day, many of them the hundreds of children attending local schools.
In recent years, due to the increase in traffic, there’s also been a higher incidence rate of road traffic accidents on, or near, the bridge.
It’s been a long and winding road to secure the new footbridge, with many frustrations along the way – but there’s now some light at the end of the tunnel.
In March, Galway County Council submitted a feasibility and options report to Transport Infrastructure Ireland.
TII has now given the green light for the project to move forward, with the confirmation of Gateway Approval.
Meanwhile, plans are also separately being advanced for new traffic lights and dedicated crossing times at the main bridge.