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Presidential hopefuls make pitches to Galway city councillors

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Five presidential hopefuls have made their presentation to Galway city councillors this afternoon in their bid for the Aras.
Marie Goretti Moylan kicked off proceedings with a brief presentation at City Hall.
The Athlone native was first to address councillors after some of the candidates swapped places on the official speaking order schedule.
Ms Goretti Moylan delivered a four minute presentation and advised members she hopes to go to Trinity College in Dublin to study law,with a view to studying human rights at a later stage.
She said she has a particular interest in domestic violence issues and intends to conduct research in the Magdalene Laundries and other such institutions and eventually write a book.
Ms Goretti Moylan told the meeting she is representing herself and funding her own campaign for the Aras.
She declined to speak to Galway Bay fm News
A special campaign focusing on ability as opposed to ‘disability’ is among the action items which Sean Gallagher has vowed to highlight in the office of President.
The Dragon’s Den star spoke of his visual disability adding he has never been limited by disability, as he made his bid for the Aras in a presentation before city councillors.
The Cavan father of two told the chamber he has massive respect for President Michael D Higgins and is not seeking to be his replacement,but his successor, carrying on the important work he has been doing.
Mr. Gallagher referred to his previous campaign for the Aras in 2011 where he won a nomination from four local authorities to allow him enter the race.
He referred to the controversial tweet which brought his campaign into the spotlight stating it changed the outcome of the election.
The Dragon said he now has the courage to get back up thanked the half a million people who gave him their number one.
Galway native Patrick Feeney was third to make his bid for the presidency before Galway City Councillors advising he will fight for rural Ireland.
The Claddagh man and former Aer Lingus worker ran in the 2016 election as an Independent but was knocked out in the early counts.
He told the chamber he’d like to see an end to the ‘killing of rural Ireland’ and stressed he didn’t want to see any more post office closures.
He suggested building a LUAS from Galway to Clifden and from Galway to Oranmore.
He also spoke of the Tuam mother and baby home and joined calls for an inquest at the burial site.
Peter Casey was next to take to the podium.
The Dragon’s Den star told councillors he has lived one third of his life in Australia, one third in Ireland and the balance in America.
He also advised he began his business in Buncrana 23 years ago and has conducted business in many continents.
Mr. Casey said Ireland can create and engage an active diaspora, galvanising a love for Ireland which could lead to the development of a potent movement.
The Dragon said he believes the presidency shouldn’t be a burden on the Irish taxpayer and that there are ways to monetise it and allow it to pay for itself.
He said he would take the president’s salary but would give it away to charitable causes.
Peter Casey said he is committed to his bid for the Aras and has sold his home in Atlanta and bought a house in Donegal.
James Smyth was fifth to make his case for the presidency.
He said he’s running for the office of president based on three main platforms – the Arts, homelessness and the possible introduction of Article 47 and 48 into the Constitution.
The Navan native informed the chamber he’s an educator, musician and unpaid ambassador.
The lecturer said he is a big fan of Michael D Higgins and thinks he has done a fantastic job but that maybe it’s time for change.
Five more candidates have yet to make a pitch.
The meeting continues at City Hall.
Our reporting team in City Hall is Antoinette Giblin and Niamh Delmer.

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1,456 new cases of Covid reported nationally as hospital numbers fall by 15%

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – There has been a 15 percent drop in the number of people in hospital in the past week.

The country’s five day moving average is now 1,325, down from 1,479 last week.

Meanwhile 86 percent of people over the age of 12 are now fully vaccinated, with walk-in centres open again this weekend for first and second doses.

A further 1,456 Covid-19 cases were reported by the Department of Health.

There are 261 covid patients in hospital, down 27 in the past 24 hours.

Figures for Galway Hospitals show that Galway University Hospital have the second highest number of patients with Covid-19 with 23 receiving treatment.

However, this is a reduction of eight on a week ago.

Portiununcla Hospital in Ballinasloe have 1 patient receiving treatment.

Of that number in Galway University Hospital, 6 are in ICU. This is an increase of 2 on last week.

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LISTEN: Dáil hears of 7,000 derelict sites across Galway city and county

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Over 7,000 sites in Galway city and county are derelict or vacant.

The matter was brought before the Dáil this week by Sinn Féin TD for Galway West Mairéad Farrell who asked Taoiseach Micheál Martin to commit to addressing this housing issue in the Budget for 2022.

Deputy Farrell said Galway city has been plagued by derelict and vacant sites for a long number of years.

She also welcomed the demolition of the Corrib Great Southern Hotel but said it’s only taking place some 15 years after it closed and years after it was added to the derelict sites register.

The Sinn Féin TD told the Dáil students are deferring courses because they cannot find accommodation and there are thousands on council waiting lists.

She made an urgent plea for action in relation to derelict and vacant sites:

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Professor Martin Hogg appointed Head of School of Law at NUI Galway

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway has announced the appointment of the University’s new Head of the School of Law – Professor Martin Hogg.

Professor Hogg will take up the new role in November, having joined from the University of Edinburgh, where he served as Head of School and Dean of Law.

Professor Geraint Howells, Executive Dean for the College of Business, Public Policy and Law at NUI Galway, said: “We are delighted to have Martin joining us. He is a leading contract law scholar and an experienced leader.

“Our Law School has an outstanding reputation for its teaching and scholarship. Martin is an ideal person to help us build on our strengths and develop new initiatives to meet the needs of our community.”

Professor Hogg said: “I’m honoured and very happy to be joining NUI Galway’s Law School as Head of School and Established Professor in November.

“The Law School is an inspiring centre of learning and research, whose students and staff are widely known for their commitment to justice and the rule of law. I’m looking forward to meeting as many of them as I can in the coming months, as well as alumni and practitioner communities.

“The whole NUI Galway community has already extended to me the warmest of Galway welcomes, for which I am very grateful.”

Professor Hogg’s research interests lie in all aspects of the law of obligations, including comparative obligations theory, contract and promise, and fundamental structural language in the law of obligations. He has published widely in this field, including Promises and Contract Law and Obligations: Law and Language with Cambridge University Press. He is the Scottish Reporter for the European Tort Law Yearbook.

Professor Hogg spent two years qualifying as a Solicitor with Dundas & Wilson CS in Edinburgh, before being appointed Lecturer at the Faculty of Law at Edinburgh in 1995. He was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2004 and in 2013 he was appointed to a Chair in the Law of Obligations. Professor Hogg is a (non-practising) member of the Faculty of Advocates (the Scottish Bar).

Professor Hogg brings with him a wealth of experience, having previously held office as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Teaching, Deputy Director of Research, and Convener of the Board of Studies. He took office as Deputy Head of the Law School in Edinburgh in 2014, and became Head of School and Dean of Law in 2017.

Professor Shane Darcy, Interim Head of the School of Law, said: “On behalf of my colleagues at the School of Law, I would like to extend a warm welcome to Professor Hogg. We are very excited to have him join us as Head of the School of Law and very much look forward to working with him in this role at NUI Galway.”

NUI Galway’s School of Law delivers innovative legal education in a dynamic school dedicated to impactful, high quality legal research. It hosts the internationally renowned Irish Centre for Human Rights and the Centre for Disability Law & Policy.

The School has introduced several new programmes in recent years, including the undergraduate degrees Law (BCL), Criminology and Criminal Justice and Law (BCL) and Human Rights. It also offers a suite of postgraduate LLM programmes and is home to a vibrant doctoral community. Further information www.nuigalway.ie/law

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