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Son of Connemara natives makes final two for Mayor of Boston

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Marty Walsh, whose parents came from Connemara, has gone through to the election proper for Mayor of Boston on the 5th of November.

Walsh, a State Representative in the Massachusetts Parliament, came out on top in yesterday’s Primary election in Boston.

There were 12 candidates in the running and the top two now go forward to the final contest in 6 weeks time.

It has been a big night for Connemara people in Boston and Massachusetts.

Marty Walsh, whose mother comes from Ros Muc and whose late father came from Carna, led the field of 12 candidates in the primary election.

The field of twelve candidates had been campaigning hard for the past 4 months and yesterday was the big hurdle.

Walsh, who had scores of Connemara people working in his campaign, had almost 20% of the vote – a percentage point ahead of Boston City Councillor John Connolly.

The result was announced some hours ago and Marty Walsh spoke at a celebratory party afterwards.

His fund raising gave an indication of strong support – $60,000 starting off and going up to $1.5m.

From now on the focus will be on the election on November 5th.

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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.

Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.

However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.

Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.

At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.

They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.

They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.

For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.

Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.

However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.

It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.

Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.

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Boil water notice lifted for Salthill estate hit by E-Coil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A boil water notice issued for the Ard na Mara estate in Salthill following the detection of E-Coli has now been lifted with immediate effect.

The notice was issued last week after the deadly bacteria was detected in the water supply in the area of Ard na Mara, as well as a section of Dalysfort Road.

Irish Water says as a result of continuous flushing of the water main network and verification monitoring of the water supply, the notice has now been lifted.

Customers are being advised that drinking water can now be consumed as normal.

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