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Tender process underway for Loughrea Town Hall renovation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The tender process is underway for the renovation of Loughrea Town Hall.

The project will provide for a new theatre, arts space and enterprise centre and is supported through a €1.6 million grant from our government’s Rural Regeneration Fund.

Galway County Council has published a tender notice this week seeking expressions of interest from construction companies to carry out internal and external renovation of the town hall building.

The works will include the demolition and reconstruction of an annex building over three floors, the renovation of the main theatre building over two floors, and final fit out of the whole building for cultural and enterprise uses.

Loughrea Town Hall was built in 1862 and was most recently used as a cinema which closed in the 1980’s.

Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon says it is a welcome development of an iconic building at the heart of Loughrea town – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour

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Approval granted for new Connacht/Ulster Technological University integrating GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Approval has been granted for the establishment of a new Technological University for the West and North-West that will integrate GMIT.

The green light from Higher Education Minister Simon Harris will see the amalgamation of the Connacht Ulster Alliance – GMIT, Letterkenny IT and Sligo IT.

The new TU will offer almost 600 academic programmes from pre-degree to doctoral level to a student population of over 20 thousand students across eight campuses.

Announcing the approval today, Minister Harris said it will increase access to college, lead to enhanced regional development and boost local opportunities.

Galway West Fine Gael TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughten says it’s a milestone day for the entire region.

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City public meeting to discuss prospect of united Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in the city this evening to discuss the increasing prospect of a united Ireland. (28/10)

The event is organised by the pro-Irish unity civic group, Ireland’s Future.

It’s the second meeting in a national series and will take place at the Galmont Hotel at 7pm – and will also be streamed online via social media.

Panelists will include local TD’s Eamon O’ Cuiv and Mairead Farrell, and Deputy President of NUI Galway Professor Pól Ó Dochartaigh.

Gerry Carlile, CEO of Ireland’s Future, is encouraging everyone to attend this evenings meeting.

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Savita Halappanavar to be remembered at vigil outside Dáil

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Savita Halappanavar will be remembered at a vigil in Dublin this evening.

It’s nine years since the 31 year old died at University Hospital Galway, following complications with an incomplete miscarriage.

The Campaign Against Church Ownership of Women’s Healthcare group will gather outside the Dail from 5.30 this evening.

Women’s rights campaigner Ailbhe Smyth, says her death led to real debate and action on abortion rights in Ireland.

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