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Polling underway at NUIG in referendum on gay marriage

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Polling is underway at NUI Galway this afternoon in a university referendum on gay marriage.
 
The referendum, which was requested by the student body, will determine if the Students’ Union will support a national referendum on the issue.

The first polling booth opened in the Bialann on the concourse at 10 o’clock this morning, and there’s been a steady turnout over the last two hours.

A second polling station opened at 11am in Aras na MacLeinn, and a third is opening around now at the Engineering Building.
 
Yesterday, Gardai were called to the university concourse twice to monitor protests by up to 200 students representing both sides.

There are no reported incidents today.

Voting is restricted to registered NUI Galway students, and will continue until 8 this evening.
 

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Motorists urged to avoid N84 as road remains closed following collision involving HGV

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Motorists are being urged to avoid the N84 this evening as the road remains closed, following a road traffic collision.

A HGV over-turned on the road between Regan’s Clonboo and McGaugh’s Garden Centre at around lunchtime.

Another vehicle was involved in the incident, and it’s understood while some injuries were reported, they’re not life threatening.

The road has been closed since lunchtime due to the need for a crane to remove the truck from the road.

Meanwhile, there was disruption on the N59 Galway to Clifden Road earlier this afternoon due to another road collision.

The incident saw the road reduced to a single lane for a time, but it’s since fully reopened, with minor injuries reported.

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Public invited to Front Line Defenders lecture at University of Galway

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Galway Bay fm – Members of the public are invited to attend the touring Front Line Defenders lecture at the University of Galway tomorrow (Fri Mar 31st)

The annual lecture is hitting Queens University in Belfast and Trinity College Dublin, before coming to Galway

Front Line Defenders is an international human rights organisation founded in Dublin in 2001, with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk

The free, public lecture at University of Galway, at 2 tomorrow afternoon, will be hosted by Iranian feminist activist and journalist, Parvin Ardalan.

Registration can be done on Eventbrite.ie

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Plans for luxury “habitable treehouse” overlooking Killary Fjord rejected

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a luxury “habitable treehouse” overlooking Killary Fjord in North Connemara have been rejected.

The commercial treehouse would have been located on the grounds of the estate of the Killary Adventure Company.

It was billed as a luxury escape from normal life for guests – and would have accommodated up to four people.

But the plans have now been rejected by county planners, largely on environmental grounds.

They weren’t satisfied that the treehouse wouldn’t impact on nearby SAC’s – the Twelve Bens, Garraun Complex, Maumturk Mountains and Mweelrea/Sheeffry/Erriff Complex.

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