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Small number of presidential hopefuls pitching to Galway County Council

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three presidential hopefuls out of the original list of 9 have arrived at County Hall to make their presentations
Marie-Goretti Moylan, Patrick Feeney and Peter Casey will present to the 27 of 39 councillors present.
A revised showed that 6 hopefuls would address the council but so far Gavin Duffy, Gemma O Doherty or Kevin Sharkey have not arrived
Senator Joan Feeman was on the original list but has opted to present to Fingal council which is also meeting today
However her daughter Aisling is at County Hall and is willing to talk to the Galway councillors on her mother’s behalf
County councillors did briefly consider deferring the special meeting when only one candidate had arrived at the start time of noon
In her presentation Athlone native Marie- Goretti Moylan said she wants funding for the Natural History Museum to put a dinosaur on display and wants a study into how people with disabilities can take up sport.
She declined to speak to Galway Bay fm news, as she also did last Thursday when she was presenting to the city councillors
Peter Casey is the next hopeful to take the podium.
Last Thursday, 10 candidates made their presentations to city councillors.
This afternoon any nomination from the city council will be discussed and voted on at the council’s ordinary monthly meeting which gets underway at 4pm.
Any nomination from the County Council will be discussed and voted on at the county council’s meeting this day two weeks Sept 24th.
Meanwhile, former Dragons Den star Sean Gallagher has now received the backing of three local authorities in his bid to become a presidential candidate.
Sean Gallagher received his first two endorsements in the past few hours with Roscommon and Mayo County Councils giving him the nod and Leitrim county council has just endorsed him this lunchtime.
It means he just needs one more in order to get on the ballot paper.
Fellow Dragon Gavin Duffy has one and Senator Joan Freeman also has one.

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Extra Gardai to be deployed to Ballinasloe this Sunday amid fears of unofficial Horse Fair

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Additional garda resources will be deployed to Ballinasloe this Sunday amid concerns that an alternative horse fair will take place in the town, despite the cancellation of this year’s official event.

The Ballinasloe Fair Co-ordinating group made the decision to officially cancel this year’s event back in July in the interest of public health and safety.

The fair attracts up to 100,000 visitors each year and is the oldest and largest event of its kind in Europe.

Despite the announcement of its cancellation in July, there are now concerns that previous attendees of the festival are still planning to travel to Ballinasloe to trade at an unofficial event.

There are reports that accommodation providers in the area have seen an increase in bookings for this weekend.

Liam Hanrahan who is representing Galway County Council on the Ballinasloe Fair and Festival Co-ordinating Committee says they are requesting people to adhere to the decision that was made to cancel the event.

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1,499 new cases of COVID-19 nationally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Department of Health has reported 1,499 new cases of Covid-19.

Latest figures show the country’s 14-day incidence rate is 382,000 per 100,000 people – and it’s highest in Donegal, Monaghan, Louth and Carlow.

300 people are in hospital with the virus – an decrease of 10 in the past 24 hours.

63 people are being treated in ICU – down 3 in the same period.

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Same day voting for Galway islands moves a step closer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Same day voting for Galway islands has moved a step closer

It has been a bone of contention for quite some time that the Galway islands have to vote a few days ahead of the rest of the country

Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv has trail blazed this issue for many years, and is confident same day voting will be in place for the next election

He joins my now on the line to outline the timeline involved with moving the bill for the necessary legislation

Deputy O Cuiv, this campaign to give islanders the same basic rights as everyone else has been going on a long time

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