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Noel Grealish in eye of storm over comments made at Oughterard meeting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 800 people have signed an online petition calling on Galway West TD Noel Grealish to apologise for comments about African migrants he allegedly made at a public meeting in Oughterard last night.

The Galway Anti-Racism Network has gone a step further, and is calling on the Independent Deputy to resign.

At the public meeting in Oughterard Community Centre, which was attended by 800 people, concerns about the future of the former Connemara Gateway hotel in the area were discussed.

The meeting was held as a tender process has been ongoing to find locations for new asylum seeker centres in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon.

Social Democrats city councillor Owen Hanley has created the petition in which he calls on Deputy Grealish to apologise for his comments.

Chairperson of Galway Anti-Racism Network Joe Loughane who attended the Oughterard meeting, says he heard the comments, and is this afternoon calling on Deputy Grealish to resign.

Galway West TD Catherine Connolly also attended the meeting and says she was disappointed with some comments made by elected representatives.

Galway Bay fm news has made several attempts to contact Deputy Grealish today and he has not responded.

The creator of the petition, Cllr Hanley has been unavailable for comment.

To hear more on this story tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Funding sanctioned to support sport and language skills in 46 Galway schools

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 350 thousand euro has been allocated to 46 Galway schools to support sports and language skills.

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht approved the funding which will enable the teaching of football, hurling and handball skills at 35 primary and 11 secondary schools in Galway.

The programme will run in schools for the next three years in tandem with the Government’s action plan for the Irish Language.

Over 600 pupils will benefit from the programme on an annual basis in schools across Connemara, the Aran Islands, in Gaeltacht areas of Galway City and in Thuar Mhic Éadaigh in Mayo.

More at 10 as Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Galway West TD Sean Kyne says it’s a good venture to promote Irish through sport…

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259 domestic violence orders granted in Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Judges granted domestic violence orders to 259 people in Galway last year.

Figures obtained from the Courts Service through freedom of information show 227 such applications were refused in Galway for the period.

43 percent of applications for domestic violence orders in Dublin and Cork last year were refused.

More at 9 as Sarah Benson, the Chief Executive of Women’s Aid, says the statistics are a concern…

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Galway 2020 set to host 1900 events next

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The city and county are set to play host to 1,900 events across 154 projects as part of Galway 2020’s European Capital of Culture.

The programme was officially launched in Eyre Square last evening with a colourful performance spectacle.

In recognition of Ireland’s historic traditions, the programme will be based around the four fire seasons of Ireland’s ancient Celtic calendar.

Galway 2020 will begin on February the 1st with what organisers describe as a week-long of fiery celebrations erupting in towns and villages across the county.

This will culminate in a large public ceremony and spectacle on February 8th in Galway city.

Other highlights include Druid Theatre which will take Ireland’s greatest 20th century one-act plays to towns and villages across the county.

Connemara landscape will also be illuminated as part of the programme in a spectacle by Finnish light artist Kari Kola.

Galway will also join with Boston, Belfast and Nashville to host concerts by transatlantic stars of country, blues, gospel, folk and bluegrass.

The European Capital of Culture which began in 1985 aims to provide Europeans with opportunities to learn more about each other’s cultures, to enjoy their shared history and values and to experience the feeling of belonging to the same European community.

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