Galway Bay fm newsroom – No Galway TDs have been promoted in the latest Government Cabinet reshuffle by newly elected Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar.
However, Galway still has representation at the Cabinet table.
Galway-Roscommon Independent TD Denis Naughten has retained his portfolio as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
Mayo Fine Gael TD Michael Ring joins the Cabinet in his role as Minister for Community and Rural Affairs.
The junior ministries will be reviewed next week, when Galway West- South Mayo Fine Gael TD Seán Kyne will find out if he gets to stay on as Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Galway East Independent Alliance TD, Seán Canney as Minister of State on a shared portfolio at the Office of Public Works.
Former jobs minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor was the only person to be demoted – to a ‘super junior’ role.
People Before Profit TD Bríd Smith says that raises serious concerns about the new administration.
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Listen: Donagh Killilea elected new Cathaoirleach of Tuam municipal district
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Councillor Donagh Killilea has been elected as the new Cathaoirleach of the Tuam municipal district.
He replaces Councillor Joe Sheridan in the position, and was elected unanimously at a meeting of the district this afternoon.
Fianna Fáil Councillor Killilea outlines his priorities over the coming term:
Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.
It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.
The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.
Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.
She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.
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