Transport Minister announces preferred route for Dublin-Galway Greenway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The preferred route for the Athlone to Galway section of the national coast to coast greenway has been announced.
The Athlone to Galway stretch will run through Shannonbridge, Loughrea, Craughwell, Clarinbridge and Oranmore and along the coast into Galway city.
Minister Leo Varadkar made the announcement at the formal opening of the latest section of the greenway at Castleknock in Dublin today.
Speaking at the event he says he is taking an incremental approach to building the greenway, building one section at a time as funding is allocated.
A 40 kilometer section between Mullingar and Athlone will be completed next year following the allocation of 4 million euro in funding by Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly.
Two further sections in Kildare and Meath totalling 40 kilometers are at shovel-ready stage and work will being as soon as more funding becomes available.
The preferred route for the section that links with Galway will run through Ballinasloe and toward the city via Loughrea, Craughwell, Clarinbridge and Oranmore.
Galway Autism Partnership one of 7 organisations to receive national carer funding
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway city charity has been added to a list of seven organisations nationwide to benefit from funding of over €700,000 to support family carers.
Galway Autism Partnership, based in Newcastle, is set to receive €31,000 to improve employment opportunities for family carers
Galway Autism Partnership alongside Finglas Community Service are the latest organisations to be included for funding under a scheme that focuses on the demands placed on young carers.
The funding aims to help young carers in balancing their learning and caring commitments, and will provide practical support to help them re-enter work and education.
Over the next year, this funding will help 15 carers and 10 young carers into further education, as well helping 10 carers to continue in formal education and enhancing the employability of a further 15.
The announcement builds on the €700,000 funding announced last December for five projects across Ireland.
Just 3 Galway TDs went against Government as eviction ban survives Dáil vote
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just 3 Galway TDs voted against the Government on the ending of the eviction ban.
Sinn Féin’s motion to extend the eviction ban has failed, after the Government secured a majority of 83 votes to 68 in favour of its countermotion.
Catherine Connolly, Mairead Farrell and Clare Kerrane all voted against the Government.
Hildegarde Naughton, Eamon O Cuiv, Sean Canney, Ciaran Cannon, Anne Rabbitte and Denis Naughten all went with the Government.
Meanwhile it appears Noel Grealish and Michael Fitzmaurice were not present, as no vote from them was noted.
The Green TD Neasa Hourigan is facing a 15 month suspension from the parliamentary party after voting against the Government.
Labour will this morning table a no confidence motion in the Government, which will be debated and voted on in the Dáil next week.
Wayne Stanley, Executive Director with Simon Communities of Ireland, says tenants threatened with eviction feel they’ve been abandoned.
SkaI International Galway to honour leading Galway business woman
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway business woman and former World President of Skal International is being honoured by SkaI International Galway at a celebratory Black Tie Dinner in the city.
Mary Bennett was the first ever female world president of Skal International and is a champion for tourism, travel and retail in Galway and across Ireland.
SkaI is a professional association of tourism and hospitality leaders and business operators.
Along with her late husband Eddie Bennett they opened a fashion and gift retail outlet, the Treasure Chest, at the heart of Galway City in 1966.
The event is taking place on the 30th March at 6pm in the Ardilaun Hotel and tickets can be booked on eventbrite.