Galway Bay fm newsroom – The newest member of the city council, Fine Gael’s Michelle Murphy, says she believes Galway can be at the forefront of economic development in this country.
The mother of two and manager at Briarhill based recruitment agency Collins McNicholas has been officially co-opted to the city council.
Speaking in the chamber, Michelle says she has been embedded in the city for almost 20 years, having also spent a number of years on the chamber council, and in her work in the Galway business and professional women’s club of which she is now PRO.
She added that Galway needs to put forward a united approach when it comes to attracting foreign direct investment and SME’s to Galway, and that she wanted to be part of the implementation of change going forward
Michelle who lives in Corofin with her husband Ralph and two young boys Aaron and Eoin has been selected to fill the vacancy caused by the appointment of former Councillor Hildegarde Naughton to Seanad Éireann.
Fine Gael Senator Naughton was in the chamber for the official appointment, as were Michelle’s husband and two sons.
Listen: Galway TD calls for investment in building control in light of mica controversy
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has called for increased investment in building control during a Dáil debate on the mica controversy.
Around five thousand homes are estimated to be affected by the defective blocks, mostly in the west and north-west of the country.
It’s estimated the final bill for dealing with the scandal could come to over 1.5 billion euro.
Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Sean Canney said it’s time to take the issue of building control by the scruff of the neck.
He expressed an opinion that a severe lack of independent building control is directly responsible for the controversies over mica and pyrite.
Deputy Canney pointed out that under the current system, just a fraction of new developments are being inspected by local authorities.
Deputy Canney argued that proper investment in building control would save the state money in the long term.
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Local TD uses Dáil to demand urgent action on beef regulator
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has told the Dáil there will be no next generation of young beef farmers unless the Government takes action.
Deputy Claire Kerrane was contributing to a debate on the need for the establishment of an independent beef regulator.
She said as someone who grew up on a beef farm, it’s very hard to watch farmers break their backs for very little in return.
Sinn Fein Deputy Kerrane said she was “at a loss” as to why the Government has failed to address the situation.
She pointed out that previous Agriculture Ministers have supported the creation of a beef regulator.
Deputy Kerrane warned if action isn’t taken, farmers will close their gates – and there will be no next generation – to hear more on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5