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Three sitting FG Loughrea area councillors to contest local elections

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Galway bay fm newsroom -Three Fine Gael candidates have been selected to contest next year’s local authority elections in the Loughrea electoral area.

Sitting councillors Michael ‘Mogie’ Maher, Jimmy McClearn and Bridie Willers will go forward for next May’s election.

The party’s two other candidates, Galway hurling board chairman Joe Byrne and son of former Senator and councillor Toddy Byrne John Melville from Gort, both withdrew their names from convention.

However, it’s expected the party’s ruling executive council will add a candidate to the party’s candidate team for the election.

Around 250 party delegates attended last night’s selection convention which took place in the meadow court hotel in Loughrea.

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O’ Cuiv grills Taoiseach on legislation stuck in “never-never land”

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv has asked the Taoiseach to explain why an important piece of legislation is stuck in “never-never land”.

Speaking in the Dáil, he highlighted the Wildlife Amendment Bill, which would allow for the review and potential alteration of natural heritage area designations.

Deputy O’ Cuiv outlined how the bill was passed years ago, but very little has appeared to happen since.

He wanted Micheal Martin to explain where the bill is – and why it’s being delayed.

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Councillor expresses frustration over long-running boil water notice in Gort

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A long-running boil water notice in Gort, in place since early February, is having a serious financial impact on businesses and local residents.

That’s according to Councillor Geraldine Donohue, who says it’s unacceptable as we head into the summer season.

She said tourists have to be constantly reminded not to drink the water, and businesses are facing enormous costs of buying drinking water.

Councillor Donohue feels more can be done to escalate the works so they reach completion sooner rather than later.

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Connolly pressures Tánaiste over lack of progress on domestic violence strategy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West Deputy Catherine Connolly has pressured the Tánaiste over a lack of Government progress in introducing a national strategy on gender-based and domestic violence.

Raising the matter in the Dáil, she said there’s been two previous strategies – but their implementation was uncoordinated and ineffective.

She told Leo Varadker it’s obvious why we need a new strategy – and asked him to explain where it is.

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