Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tenders are being sought for the management of Galway’s bid for European Capital of Culture 2020.
The work will involve a series of stages in the pre-selection phase of the bid process, and will also include public consultation work.
Each year, two cities are chosen as European Capitals of Culture in what has become one of the most high-profile cultural events in Europe.
The initiative aims to highlight the richness and diversity of European cultures.
Speaking at a special media briefing this afternoon, City Manager Brendan McGrath says Galway’s bid, which will be undertaken in collaboration with Galway County Council, will have a very strong regional emphasis.
Tenders will be sought from this evening for a management team who will work with interim governance panels within the City Council.
The deadline for receipt of tenders is March 21st.
Three arrested after seizure of almost €1m of cannabis in Kilcolgan
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Three people have been arrested after almost €1m of cannabis was seized in Kilcolgan.
It follows a search carried out late yesterday afternoon which uncovered a growhouse in the area.
Members of the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises in Kilcolgan at around 3.30pm as part of Operation Tara.
They discovered a sophisticated growhouse operation and seized suspected cannabis plants worth €950 thousand.
Two men, both in their 40’s, and a woman in her 30’s, were arrested at the scene.
All of the drugs seized will be sent for analysis and Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says the seizure is a significant blow to those trafficking illegal drugs in Galway – and Gardaí will continue to work to tackle and dismantle drug networks.
Almost 60% Galway’s small and medium enterprises are investing in upskilling the workforce
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 60% of Galway’s small and medium sized enterprises are investing in training and upskilling their workforce.
That’s according to research by business support and mentoring programme MentorsWork.
They also found that just over half of Galway’s SMEs understand the implications of tech threats, and almost half are up to date with automation and digitalisation.
Acting Director of the Small Firms Association, Elizabeth Bowen, stresses the importance of training and upskilling.
Increased Garda presence across city in light of recent assaults
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s now an increased Garda presence across Galway city in light of the recent level of serious assaults.
At this week’s meeting of the City Joint Policing Committee, Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said assaults causing harm are a serious concern.
He said Gardaí are putting resources into tackling the issue, and foot patrols have been increased.
But it was noted that more Gardaí on the beat means some other specialist units are having to make do with less resources.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says there will be a highly visible presence in the city for the rest of this month.