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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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Cautious welcome given but concerns also raised on the reopening of Middle Arch on Tuesday

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway City Councillor has given a cautious welcome but has also raised concerns over the reopening of the Middle Quay or Middle Arch beside the Claddagh Basin on Tuesday next.

Access to Middle Arch in the city centre was closed to the public last May following requests from the Gardai due to large crowds that had gathered in the days previously amid fears of it becoming a serious health and safety risk.

The concerns were raised by Cllr. Niall McNelis who said that a cautious welcome should be given but that the possibility of closing it in evenings needs to be seriously looked at.

He said “The decision to close it was earlier in year was due to it had become an area where large groups had gathered drinking and had led to calls by locals that it had become a serious health and safety risk. The area also does not have safety barriers and this has led to persons falling into the water in the past.

“Recently there has been a large number of calls made that the area should be reopened and that public space be made available to the public.”

Cllr. McNelis also said that a cautious welcome should be given but that the possibility of closing it in evenings needs to be seriously looked at.

“We can not have the same scenes repeated as we did earlier this year and in previous years. House gardens and Claddagh church grounds were used as toilets and large amounts of litter mainly drink, was left behind. I have met a number of residents this weekend who are not happy with decision and calls have been made by them to have it closed in evenings by City Council and Gardai should assist in clearing area if needs be.

“We do not have enough Garda personnel to have proper policing in our City, we need more resources for the City to tackle and enforce anti social behaviour.  

“I have met this week with Gardai and have been given assurances that this will be closely monitored and occasions such as exam results nights, freshers week and good weather will be monitored.” He concluded.

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LISTEN: Moycullen Native to be ordained in Galway Cathedral this afternoon

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Moycullen native will be ordained at Galway Cathedral this afternoon.

Originally from Knockauranny, John Gerard Acton will be ordained by Bishop Brendan Kelly at 3pm.

John Gerard studied business and communications at GMIT and worked in retail and hospitality for several years before beginning his six years of priestly formation at St. Patricks College in Maynooth.

He told Keith Finnegan that religion has been with him since a young age, but at times he felt he was trying to “run away” from his strong faith:

John Gerard is the son of Séamus and Maureen Acton and is the youngest of four siblings.

He also has extended family members serving in religious life.

John Gerard says his parents have always been very supportive, and were aware of his strong faith from a young age:

You can hear more from John Gerard Acton on Galway Talks with Keith Finnegan on Tuesday, while Galway Bay fm news will feature coverage of the ordination this evening as part of the 5pm news.

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Moycullen welcomes home their Olympic Medallist this evening

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The community of Moycullen will be welcoming home their Olympic medal winning rower Fiona Murtagh this evening.

Fiona, alone with Furbo native Aifric Keogh, Eimear Lambe and Emily Hegarty won bronze in the Womens Fours event at the Olympic Games in Tokyo in the early hours of Wednesday Morning.

Fiona and her family will do a tour of the parish on a open top bus departing from Bushypark at 6:30 travelling on to the village for 6.45. From there it will head down the Tullokyne Rd and should pass Hurneys at approximately 6:55.

It will then proceed towards Knockferry, Collinamuck and should be on the Cloonabinnia Road by about 7:20. It will be back out on the N59 at Rinneen and they will travel back through Moycullen village again.

Due to current restrictions, there can be no further celebrations but will still be a fantastic opportunity for everyone to get out and show their appreciation of her amazing achievement at the Tokyo Olympics.

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