Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City and County councils will pay more than 500 thousand euro to 29 former county, city and town councillors who retired or lost their seats in the local elections.
According to today’s Irish Times, almost 420 thousand euro will be paid by the County council while, the City council will pay out almost 100 thousand euro.
Former City Councillor, Tom Costello, who retired receives a payment of just over 53 thousand euro.
His Labour colleagues, Colette Connolly and Nuala Nolan, who lost their seats in the last election will receive 33 thousand 200 and 10 thousand 600 respectively.
In the County council the biggest payments of almost 58 thousand euro go to retired councillors Tiernan Walsh and Jarlath McDonagh.
Tomás Mannion, who also retired, will receive 47 thousand 700 euro.
A figure of 33 thousand 200 euro each goes to Seosamh O’ Cuaig who retired and Bridie Willers who lost her seat at the last election.
16 thousand 600 euro goes to Liam Carroll who lost his seat and a further 10 thousand 700 euro each for Kevin Ryan and Seosamh O Laoi who also lost their County council seats.
Former Town councillors also benefit from severance payments, now that the councils have been abolished.
In Ballinasloe, the biggest sum goes to Pat O’ Sullivan who will get 22 thousand 100, as he also served for a time on the County council.
Almost 12 thousand euro each will go to Johnny Walsh, Carmel Greally and Lucy Lloyd Keighery.
Staying with Ballinasloe and Michael Kelly will receive just over 8 thousand while 4 thousand 100 euro will be given to Aidan McGrath and Jerry Broderick.
The biggest allocation to former Tuam town councillors is 24 thousand 100 euro for Tom Reilly, who also served for a time on the County council.
Just over 2 thousand 200 euro each will go to Mary Loftus, Eamon Kitt and Larry Bane.
Paul O’ Grady will get 13 hundred euro while Pat O’ Hora will get 12 hundred.
In Loughrea, the former town councillor getting the biggest payment is Norman Morgan who will receive almost 12 thousand euro as he also served for a time on the County council.
Gabriel Burke will get 8 thousand 100 euro while the remaining former councillors, Jimmy Curley, Mary Gunther Nix and James Regan will receive just over 7 thousand 400 euro.
Galway TDs urged to “do their jobs” and secure funding for county roads
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A County Councillor is urging Galway’s TDs to “do their jobs” and secure badly-needed funding for the countys road network.
The call was made by Councillor Declan Geraghty at this week’s meeting of the Ballinasloe Municipal District, where the poor state of the local road network was discussed.
The meeting heard that the non-national road network in the Ballinasloe area stretches over 1,500km.
However, the road restoration programme for the next 3 years only has the budget to cover a tiny fraction of that figure.
Roads are chosen based on a combination of surface condition and traffic volumes.
Councillors this week noted that due to a lack of funding, there are many roads in a terrible state that aren’t included in the 3 year programme.
It’s a problem replicated in every district in the county, and it’s long been argued by councillors and TDs that Galway County Council is chronically underfunded.
Councillors this week were keen to stress that local authority engineers and workers are doing the best they possibly can with completely inadequate funding.
Councillor Declan Geraghty suggested some of Galway’s TDs should spend more time trying to secure extra funding from Government instead of claiming credit for local things they have nothing to do with.
He asked that they “stop acting the blaggard” and start doing some real work – and leave the work of councillor’s to the councillors themselves.
Councillor Dermot Connolly agreed the state of the roads in the region is an embarrassment – and said he found better roads in Africa during his time there.
It was acknowledged by council officials that while road funding has improved in recent years, it’s not enough and has never been enough.
2,180 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – 2,180 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 — the most new infections reported in one day since late January.
406 people are being treated in hospital for the virus, 71 of them receiving intensive care.
The five-day moving average has increased to 1,851 – up from 1,686 yesterday.
A further 148 people have died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus in the UK.
Daily figures show there’ve been 43-thousand 423 new cases.
The total number of new infections recorded between last Sunday and today is up 12-point-8 percent on the previous seven days.
LISTEN: Galway TD calls for Help To Buy Scheme to be extended to vacant properties
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway TD is urging the Government to extend the Help To Buy Scheme to cover vacant properties.
Raising the matter in the Dáil with Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, Deputy Sean Canney said there are vacant properties “splattered” around every town and village.
He asked if cabinet would consider expanding the scheme to help return these properties to the market:
Speaking in response, Tanaiste Leo Varadkar accepted it’s a logical proposal and said the issue is being considered.