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Solidarity adds Conor Burke to Galway West-Mayo South election ticket

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Solidarity has announced Conor Burke as its election candidate for the Galway West – Mayo South constituency in the upcoming general election.

It’s after it was announced that the general election will be held on Saturday February the 8th.

Mr Burke is one of the founding members of Solidarity and ran for the party in the last local election but did not win a seat.

The Oranmore native is a professional artist and has previously worked in the construction industry.

Mr Burke says he wants the government to make housing and health its main priorities.

For more on this story, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..

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Galway TD hits out at voting procedures for island communities

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A bill allowing people on island communities to vote on the same day as those on the mainland will not be passed before next month’s general election.

That’s according to Galway West TD Eamon O Cuiv, who has hit out at the Local Government Minister Eoghan Murphy for not progressing the bill in time.

The Electoral Bill 2014 was proposed by Deputy O Cuiv, and following a discussion with Minister Murphy, it was agreed that the Minister would draft some amendments to the bill to progress it more efficiently.

According to Deputy O Cuiv the amendments were never produced, however, and the bill could not pass as a result.

The general election polling day for all off-shore islands, including those in Galway, will be Friday the 7th of February – a day before the rest of the country.

Deputy O Cuiv says he is very frustrated by the whole situation.

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Planning permission refused for controversial biogas plant near Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans for a controversial biogas plant near Gort have been turned down.

The plan was led by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited and would have been located in the townlands of Ballynamantan, Kinincha and Glenbrack.

In January of last year, an application to develop a biogas plant on a 10 hectare site around 1km from Gort was withdrawn by Sustainable Bio-Energy Limited.

A second application was submitted in November for the plant, which would utilise anaerobic digestion technology to produce renewable energy and organic fertiliser.

Both proposals encountered significant opposition from the local community regarding its location and the potential impact on the environment.

County planners have now refused permission for the project citing a number of factors in the decision.

For more, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 5.

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Study finds shape and landscape of Galway suitable for rail system

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new maths-based report has determined that the shape of Galway City makes the creation of a light rail system more feasible.

The study was carried out at the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics at NUI Galway.

It examined the role of geometric information in determining the utility of a small urban light rail or tram system.

It found the rectangular shape of Galway City – which is three times longer than it is wide – makes such a system more feasible than in many other cities, particularly those which are circular in shape.

However, the assessment is offered from a scientific point of view, and is not a study on the sustainability or overall viability of a rail system for Galway.

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