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.
Green light for eco-works at ATU Galway campus in Wellpark
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The green light has been given for major eco-works to be carried out at the ATU Galway campus at Wellpark in the city.
The plans involve a medium retrofit of the existing building, previously known as GMIT Cluain Mhuire.
There’ll be external and internal insultation installed, as well as door and window upgrades, roof works and installation of solar systems.
The works are part of the government-funded energy retrofit Pathfinder Programme.
Calls for extra buses from Headford to city due to high numbers commuting
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for extra buses from Headford to the city with claims the service is oversubscribed.
Councillor Andrew Reddington says more people are having to commute to the city for work due to the lack of accommodation there.
Cllr Reddington has asked for extra buses for the 7.25 am service from Headford to Galway.
While he is thankful for Burkes bus who are also working at 7.50 am, he says Bus Eireann must adapt their service to meet the increased demand.
Galway Traveller Movement to protest at city council meeting next Monday
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Traveller Movement is set to protest at Galway City Council meeting next Monday.
It follows comments made during an interview on Galway Bay FM’s Galway Talks programme by councillor Michael Crowe, which he has since apologised for.
GTM is calling for the full protection of the Traveller community against inequality and discrimination by all elected representatives.
The movement is inviting the public to join them at 1:30pm outside the city council building on Monday, or to formally write a complaint to the Fianna Fáil Party and city council.
Joanna Corcoran works at GTM and is a member of the Traveller community: