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Protests planned for Galway, Limerick and Dublin in support of Margaretta Darcy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – MEP Paul Murphy is writing to Justice Minister Alan Shatter calling on the Government to permit a Presidential Pardon for Margaretta D’Arcy’s release from Limerick Prison

There will also be solidarity protests in Galway, Dublin and Limerick tomorrow

The 79 year old anti-war campaigner was arrested at her home in Woodquay in the city yesterday and was taken to Limerick prison to serve a sentence.

A three month suspended sentence handed down at Ennis District Court in December was activated after she refused to sign a bond to uphold the law and keep away from unauthorised zones at Shannon Airport.

MEP Murphy says the incarceration of Margaretta D’Arcy, a peace activist of 79 years of age, who is being treated for cancer, is an utter disgrace.

He says the real criminals who deserve to be in the dock are those in the Irish establishment who have over the last thirteen years permitted the US military to use Shannon in its so called war on terror.

He points out that Ms D’Arcy is a long-time acquaintance of President Higgins who himself spoke at protests in Shannon during the Iraq war.

Galway Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh raised the case of Margaretta D’Arcy in the Seanad today. (16/1)

During the order of business, Senator O Clochartaigh asked for clarification from the Justice Minister, about the circumstances around Ms Darcy’s detention and to ensure her health and welfare are being properly attended to.

Meanwhile, the Galway Alliance Against War is to hold a demonstration in the city tomorrow demanding Margaretta’s release

The ‘Free Margaretta’ protest will take place outside the constituency office of Galway West Labour TD Derek Nolan at Bothar na Long, New Docks at 1 tomorrow afternoon.

A protest will take place in Dublin from 1 to 1.45 pm outside the Dept of Justice and the Limerick protest will be held at 5 tomorrow evening outside Limerick prison

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Galway City Councillors Give Green Light To Trial Cycle-way in Salthill.

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway City Councillors have voted to proceed with a trial cycle-way in Salthill.

4 local cycling groups had called on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.

17 out of the 18 city councillors supported the motion by Mayor Collette Connolly at this afternoon’s city council meeting.

The plan had raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.

Campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.

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City Councillors to vote on controversial plan for Salthill Prom cycle-way

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Galway city councillors will vote this afternoon on controversial proposals to bring a temporary cycle-way to Salthill

Galway Cycling campaign, Galway Urban Greenway Alliance, Knocknacarra Bike Bus and East of the Corrib Bike Bus are calling on councillors to support their bid to bring a two-way cycle-way from Grattan Road to Knocknacarra Road running along the Prom.

The campaign groups say the infrastructure should be trialed for six months to determine its viability.

The plan has raised concerns over the impact on local business with the feared loss of over 200 car parking spaces.

City councillors are set to vote on the proposal at a meeting this afternoon.

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Hopes new action plan could create hundreds of jobs in Galway Gaeltacht village

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: It’s hoped up to 300 new jobs could be brought to a Galway Gaeltacht village with the implementation of a new action plan.

The plan for An Cheathrú Rua as a place to live, work and visit was revealed earlier today by Comharchumann Mhic Dara in association with Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Areas to target in the plan include language and culture, tourism, enterprise, the arts as well as services and infrastructure and marketing.

As part of the plan a new study has found that more than 300 new sustainable jobs could be created if this plan is developed successfully over five years.

Seán Ó Domhnaill, Manager of Comharchumann Mhic Dara says the plan includes the input of local business people, members of the local community and various local and State organisations.

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