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NUI Galway students to vote in three referenda

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Students at NUI Galway will vote on three Students’ Union referenda in the next week.

The referenda will decide the Students’ Union’s stance on a number of important issues.

Two referenda will be voted on by students at the university tomorrow.

The first referendum is asking students to consider a motion to repeal the pro-choice mandate affirmed by a two-to-one majority of NUI Galway students last year.

The second will determine whether the university will join the International Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign.

If this is passed, NUI Galway Students’ Union will be the first in Ireland to endorse an Israel boycott.

On Thursday next, Students at NUI Galway are set to vote on a referendum to decide the Union’s position on the issue of gay marriage.

A ‘Yes’ vote would see the Union support a referendum to amend Bunreacht na hÉireann to expressedly permit couples of the same gender to avail of civil marriage.

The referendum has been requested by 500 members of the Students’ Union in accordance with the NUI Galway’s Students’ Union Constitution.

Voting on all referenda is restricted to NUI Galway students.

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Taoiseach pledges action on Travellers in Galway living in freezing conditions

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has pledged action on the issue of Travellers in Galway living in freezing conditions.

It’s after Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv highlighted restrictions on a new caravan loan scheme introduced by the Government.

He argued it’s unacceptable that the scheme only covers 75 caravans in the entire country – and slammed the Government for its “petty-mindedness”.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how in Galway, 24 replacement caravans are urgently needed – but approval was only given for four.

He says as the temperature plummets, many Travellers are living in freezing caravans and mobile homes that are decades old.

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Tanaiste says new National Construction Technology Centre in Galway will enable faster, better building

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tánaiste says the new National Construction Technology Centre at University of Galway will help us build more, build faster, and build better.

Leo Varadkar launched Construct Innovate at a special event this afternoon, before taking a guided tour of the Alice Perry Engineering Building.

The new centre aims to accelerate research and innovation in the construction sector and position Ireland as a global leader.

Speaking outside University of Galway this afternoon, the Tánaiste said Construct Innovate will play an extremely important role.

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Works underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Works are underway to restore water to homes and businesses in Gort, Loughrea and Athenry

Irish Water and Galway County Council say the Gort and Loughrea outage has been caused by technical issues overnight at the Seefin Reservoir and Gort water treatment plant.

There is also a major leak on the watermain network at Raheen, Athenry resulting in water outage at Raheen Road, Moanbaun GWS, Prospect and Derrydonnell Road.

A contractor is expected on site shortly to carry out the repair works.

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