Galway Bay fm newsroom – Minister of State Damien English has been accused of being oblivious to the concerns of seaweed harvesters across Connemara.
It’s after a bill was brought forward in the Dáil, which aims to protect the traditional claim to seaweed harvesting rights by local people.
The bill, which is being lead by Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly, outlines the development of the sector for the primary benefit of local communities.
Harvesters across Connemara have long expressed concern over bigger companies obtaining licences to harvest seaweed over large sections of the coastline.
Speaking in the chamber, Minister with responsibility Damien English said while he welcomed debate, the Government could not support the bill as it is unbalanced.
However, he indicated that he hoped to make a significant announcement on wild seaweed harvesting in the coming weeks.
The bill was strongly supported by Fianna Fail – with Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv suggesting that Minister English is out of touch.
Deputy Catherine Connolly, who led the bill, was also less than impressed with Minister English:
Recruitment underway of Director to oversee the excavation of remains at the Tuam Mother and Baby Home site
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Recruitment of the Director who will oversee the excavation of human remains at the site of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home is underway
The closing date for applications for the new role is 3pm on Thursday fortnight, December 15
The salary is expected to start at just over 102 thousand euro and may incrementally increase to just over 126 thousand in line with other Director roles in the public service.
The appointment is on a temporary fixed-term contract for a period of up to 2.5 years.
Legislation that will allow for the excavation of the site in Tuam passed through the Oireachtas earlier this year.
Project led by Galway researcher could help stop spread of cancer
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway-based researcher is working on a project that could help prevent the spread of cancer.
Dr. Eoin McAvoy at University of Galway is investigating how cancer cells exploit gaps in blood vessels and travel to other parts of the body.
His study used advanced computer models and cell-based experiments to examine how these gaps could be prevented.
The research was carried out in collaboration with teams at MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, John’s Hopkins University, and University College London.
It’s hoped the research will help guide the development of drugs which could reduce the spread of cancer through these ‘leaky’ blood vessels.
Indian Ambassador to visit Galway to mark start of Asia Business Week
Galway Bay fm newsroom – India’s Ambassador to Ireland will mark the start of Asia Business Week with a visit to ATU Galway on Monday morning (28/11).
Akhilesh Mishra will be joined by joined by CEO of Asia Matters Martin Murray to give a talk at 10.45 am to discuss ways for Ireland to boost trade links with Asia.
Mr Murray highlights the potential of the Asian market for businesses in the west of Ireland.