Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has announced the promotion of two Galway TD’s.
Galway West Fine Gael Deputy Sean Kyne is to be promoted to Government Chief Whip and the Minister for the Gaeltacht and the islands.
Galway East Independent Deputy Sean Canney is to be appointed Junior Minister at the Department of Rural & Community Development – as well as the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.
Meanwhile, Richard Bruton is to become the new Communications Minister, following the resignation of Denis Naughten earlier this week.
Joe McHugh will succeeded Minister Bruton as the Minister for Education and Skills.
The appointments are subject to the approval of Dail Eireann and the Cabinet.
Galway TD calls for €15 minimum wage as part of government formation talks
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Catherine Connolly has called for the minimum wage to be pushed up to €15 an hour as part of government formation talks with Sinn Féin.
That’s according to the Irish Independent which reports that the Independent TD signed a document along with People Before Profit TDs Bríd Smith and Mick Barry, Rise TD Paul Murphy and Independents Joan Collins and Thomas Pringle – which was submitted to Sinn Féin in an effort to form a left-wing government.
The document includes multiple proposals including restoring the State pension age to 65, introducing free public transport, abolishing third-level fees and property tax, and dropping the Apple tax case.
It also calls for publicly-funded childcare, carbon tax levies for large corporations and ending Direct Provision.
The document was submitted to Sinn Féin in March however, the group of TDs is yet to receive a reply.
Connemara vet warns of dogs being poisoned in Rosmuc area
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Connemara vet has warned dog owners in Rosmuc to be on alert after several dogs were killed by a poisonous chemical in the area, in recent weeks.
Three dogs from one household have died in the last two weeks after they ingested the chemical Trodex – which is manufactured to treat fluke in sheep and cattle.
Trodex is also used, however, to kill foxes that prey on sheep in rural areas according to Clifden Vet Niamh Walsh.
Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets on a short leash and not to allow them to rummage in bushes.
Meanwhile, they are also being advised that the key symptom of Trodex poisoning is heavy panting in dogs, due to overheating.
Vet Niamh Walsh told Galway Talks that incidents of Trodex poisoning often spike at this time of year, as farmers lay down the chemical to protect their herds.
To hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..
County Councillors fight back after City Council purchase property in Kiltulla
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the city council’s purchase of a property which is located outside the city boundary.
It’s understood the property in question was purchased in the Kiltulla area of Oranmore.
The matter was raised at this week’s meeting of the county council which was held in Kiltormer.
Athenry/Oranmore Fine Gael councillor Liam Carrol raised a motion calling on the city council to put the property back on the open market.
The motion was seconded by Independent councillor James Charity.
Cathaoirleach Jimmy McClearn says the city council should seriously reflect on its actions.
In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Galway City Council confirmed that the purchase was carried out observing all necessary statutory requirements.
Councillor Liam Carroll argues consultation was needed and has called for the property to be placed on the open market without delay.
To hear from Cllr Carroll, tune in to Galway Bay fm on the hour..