Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Cathaoirligh of the Athenry-Oranmore, Ballinasloe and Connemara municipal districts will receive the maximum allowance of 6000 euro following some debate at meetings this week.
The members of each municipal district must agree on the amount to be paid to its chairperson.
Athenry Oranmore Councilor Jim Cuddy said the 6000 euro set aside for his district’s cathaoirleach would be better spent on roads, which he describes asuffering from an ‘acute shortfall.’
However, following a counter-proposal and vote, Cathaoirleach Peter Feeney will receive the maximum yearly allowance of €6000.
Meanwhile at the Connemara meeting, Councillor Tom Welby’s calls for the Cathaoirleach’s allowance to be spent on fire services was seconded by Cllr Seosamh O’Cuailain – but failed to receive sufficient support.
Cathaoirleach of the Connemara municipal district Seamus Walsh will also receive the maximum yearly allowance of €6000.
At today’s meeting of the Ballinasloe municipal district, councillors debated their cathaoirleach, Councillor Michael Connolly’s allowance before agreeing to pay him.
Galway records high levels of domestic abuse
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 1,000 incidents of domestic abuse have been reported to Gardaí in Galway so far this year.
Nationally Gardaí have dealt with an average of nearly 100 domestic abuse incidents every day this year – with the highest levels reported in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Louth.
New figures show 24,686 domestic abuse incidents were reported to the Gardaí between the start of this year and September 9th.
These include a variety of offences, such as violence and breach of a barring order.
Over a third of the incidents were in the Dublin region, involving just under 9,000 cases.
2,021 were in Cork, with 1,152 in Louth and 1,074 in Galway.
Minister of State for Justice, Hildegarde Naughton, says tackling domestic abuse, and providing supports for victims, is a key priority for the government.
Woodquay urban animation project set to be delivered by summer 2022
Galway Bay fm newsroom – An urban animation project in Woodquay in the city is set to reach completion in time for the 2022 summer season.
The project is one of seven nationwide and secured over one million euro in funding through Fáilte Ireland’s Urban Animation Capital Investment Scheme which aims to re-invigorate urban areas and increase their tourism appeal.
The pilot five million euro scheme, which opened for applications in April, will also fund projects in Waterford, Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Louth and Dublin.
These will involve a variety of large-scale outdoor performance spaces, public art and light installations.
The Galway city project will a signature lighting installation at Woodquay Park featuring a hand carved steel sphere.
This aims to reflect the stories and traditions of Galway alongside a traditional Galway Hooker and performance space.
Director of Product Development Orla Carroll says urban animation will play an increasingly important role in transforming and re-imagining our public spaces as safe, welcoming and vibrant places to visit.
EY Ireland expansion to deliver new jobs at Galway base
Galway Bay fm newsroom – EY Ireland has announced the creation of over 800 jobs nationwide with 210 roles to be spread across its regional offices in Galway, Cork, Limerick, Waterford and Belfast.
The expansion will bring the headcount in EY to over 4,200 across the island of Ireland.
The 414 experienced hire roles will be advertised and filled by the end of June next year, while a further 402 roles will be filled by university graduates starting this autumn.
EY Ireland says increasing demand for its services and fundamental changes brought about by the pandemic, were key to its decision to expand.