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Seanad seat left vacant by Galway senator could go to anti-Brexit campaigner

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael could reach a deal about filling two vacant Seanad seats, one of which has been vacated by former Sinn Féin Galway senator, Trevor O’ Clochartaigh.
Trevor left the Sinn Féin party last year, over an internal row, becoming an Independent senator for a time.
Trevor O’ Clochartaigh recently announced that he is resigning from the Seanad to take up the role of communications manager with TG4.
The second Seanad seat is vacant as a result of Labour’s Denis Landy resigning on health grounds.
According to today’s Irish Times, it’s unlikely that Labour and Sinn Fein will be able to retain the seats in a bye-election as they don’t have the numbers in the Oireachtas.
It’s understood Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has approached former President of the Ulster Farmer’s Union and anti-Brexit campaigner, Ian Marshall, about taking Trevor O’ Clochartaigh’s Seanad seat.
Ian Marshall works in Queen’s University Belfast in the Institute for Global Food Security.
There are reports that he will secure the Fine Gael party nomination with a possible agreement with Fianna Fáil for the second seat.

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4,731 cases of Covid-19 confirmed through PCR tests

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A further 4,731 cases of Covid 19 through PCR test have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

There have also been 3,395 cases registered through a positive antigen test online.

The five day moving average has dropped to 10,519 – down from 11, 231 yesterday.

Currently in Irish hospitals there are 845 people with the virus, 79 of whom are in intensive care.

The UK’s recorded a further 74-thousand-799 Covid cases in the latest 24-hour period.

That’s slightly down on yesterday’s official daily figures.

75 more people have died within 28 days of a positive test.

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An Bord Pleanála considering proposal for strategic housing development in Oranmore

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – An Bord Pleanála is considering a proposal for a strategic housing development in Oranmore, which would involve 101 apartments.

The development at a site at Station Road, Carrowmoneash would also involve a creche facility.

Torca Construction Limited is leading the application for the development which would span over five blocks.

Two of the blocks would be four-storey, while the remaining three would be built as three-storey.

The plan also provides for a detached creche facility including a secure outdoor play area, as well as 133 car parking spaces.

There would also be a central landscaped courtyard and public open space with bicycle parking.

An Bord Pleanála is due to issue its decision in April.

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LISTEN: Councillor Seeks In-Person Public Consultation on Salthill Cycleway Proposals

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – In-Person workshops could ease frustration with online consultation process over the proposal to develop cycle lanes in Salthill.

That is the opinion of Fianna Fail Councillor John Connolly who has called on Galway City Council to use Leisureland to host information workshops on the proposals.

He argues that while the opportunity is there for the proposals to be seen online, he has been contacted by residents who have been frustrated by the online process and there is now an opportunity to hold in person public consultations which will be more comprehensive, meaningful and informative on the proposal and options for the cycle way:

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