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Sitting TD Eugene Murphy says he was blindsided by his party’s move to add Cllr Orla Leyden to election ticket

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Sitting TD Eugene Murphy says he was blindsided by his party’s move to add Cllr Orla Leyden to the Roscommon Galway ticket.

Fianna Fáil Deputy Murphy says he was taking by surprise because he was told by Councillor Leyden and her father Senator Terry Leyden that she would not be contesting the 2020 general election.

Deputy Murphy was first elected to Roscommon County Council in 1985, and entered Dáil Éireann as a Fianna Fáil Deputy in 2016.

Speaking to Galway Bay FM news, Deputy Murphy says he is concerned the decision to include Councillor Leyden to the ticket could split the Fianna Fáil vote in the constituency.

He added that he wishes Councillor Leyden well and that he is ready to fight for every vote.

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Major extension for Headford school to increase capacity by 300 pupils

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister has approved a major extension for Presentation College Headford – which will bring the secondary school’s population to 1-thousand pupils.

Galway East TD and Junior Minister received the confirmation from Minster Joe McHugh.

The multimillion euro development includes a major extension providing new classrooms and technology rooms – as well as a new state-of-the-art autism unit which will consist of three specially designed classrooms and sensory rooms.

The school’s existing building will also undergo refurbishment and repurposing during the development.

The extension will allow Presentation College Headford to increase its enrolment from 700 pupils to 1-thousand.

Minister Cannon says this it’s exciting news for an excellent school.

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HSE confirms improvement in water quality at St. Brendan’s Nursing Unit

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The HSE has confirmed that the water quality at St Brendan’s Community Nursing Unit in Loughrea has shown improvement.

It’s after 21 beds were closed at the facility last April after Legionella bacteria was detected in the water.

The entire water system at St Brendan’s has been flushed with chlorine dioxine and the HSE has confirmed that the first test results since the treatment have shown an improvement in the water quality.

If this rate of improvement continues, it’s expected the beds will reopen in the Spring.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says while it is welcome progress, the unit is not yet out of the woods – to hear more tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Councillors consider alternative uses for city’s Hynes’ car park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have been considering alternative uses for the ground floor of the car park at Hynes’ Yard on Merchant’s Road.

The discussions came after the elected members were asked to renew the lease to the car park operators, Amber Ventures Ltd.

The renewed lease would cost the operators 130-thousand euro every year, and would remain in place for 20 years.

A number of councillors suggested the council explore other uses for the facility for example, as an indoor market or a space for the arts.

However, the Chief Executive advised that because the original lease was granted 40 years ago, the city council is legally obliged to renew it – otherwise, it must pay out a 7-figure sum to the lease-holder.

Despite a number of councillors’ opposition, the lease has been renewed and will remain in place until 2040 – with a rent review to be carried out in 2026.

However, Green Party Councillor Pauline O’Reilly has requested a concrete figure on how much it would cost to buy out the lease for future consideration – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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