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Step forward for changes to voting day on Galway’s islands

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s offshore residents could vote on the same day as the rest of the country in May’s elections if the relevant bill goes though the Dáil quickly.

According to Galway West TD, Eamonn Ó Cuiv, a memorandum in relation to the Electoral Amendment Voting on Islands Bill, will go before the government on March 29th.

The main aim of the bill is to allow islanders to vote on the same day as mainland residents.

At the moment, residents of the country’s islands must vote a day or two earlier than the rest of the country.

Any bill that could pose a charge to the Exchequer must receive government approval before it can proceed to Committee Stage.

The Fianna Fáil TD says if the memorandum and amendments are agreed by the government, the bill could be enacted quickly.

Deputy Ó Cúiv says the bill will give islanders the same basic rights as everyone else.

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8,039 new cases of COVID-19

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

A further 8,039 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

3,692 are PCR while a further 4,347 positive antigen tests have been registered through the HSE portal.

885 people are in hospital with the virus – 76 of them are in ICU.

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Women in Galway city encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Women across Galway city are being encouraged to highlight areas along their daily walk where they don’t feel safe, that can be improved by the local authority.

City Councillor Owen Hanley says he has been contacted by numerous people who have flagged areas across the city which women in particular felt weren’t safe enough.

Issues highlighted include hedges that are too high, blind spots or lights which are not in operation.

Councillor Hanley says he is planning to bring such issues to the attention of Galway City Council,who can do more to ensure walkers feel safe.

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Over €23m for active travel projects across Galway

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- More than €23m in funding is on the way to connect communities across Galway and make walking and cycling a safe transport alternative

The Government’s Active Travel Investment Programme will fund 64 projects across Galway city and county.

This will include cycling and footpath infrastructure, pedestrian crossings, public transport measures, investment in the Safe to Schools programme and the development of local greenways.

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