Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam Area Councillor Mary Hoade has been elected as the new Mayor of County Galway.
The Fianna Fail Councillor was given the Cathaoirleach chain at the annual general meeting of the council which is being held in Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway this afternoon.
Cllr Hoade was nominated for the position of Mayor, now known as Cathaoirleach, by Fianna Fail Cllr Michael Connolly.
Her nomination was seconded by newcomer Donagh Kilalea.
Independent newcomer Karey McHugh from Tuam was nominated by Sinn Fein Cllr Dermot Connolly and seconded by Independent Cllr Shaun Cunniffe but failed to secure enough votes.
The pact involved 12 Fine Gael members and 12 Fianna Fail members.
Newcomer for Fine Gael Niamh Byrne has been elected as Deputy Mayor.
She was nominated by Cllr Jimmy McClearn and seconded by Cllr Tom McHugh.
Newcomer James Charity was also nominated by Cllr Jim Cuddy but failed to secure sufficient votes.
City Council votes to take roads at Doughiska estate in charge
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to take two roads at a Doughiska estate in charge.
Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of taking over the management of the roads at Fionnuisce.
It comes as last year an application calling for the City Council to takeover the roads was made by the Local Authority on behalf of residents from the estate.
The City Council has confirmed that 61% of residents voted in favour of the proposal, while 10 submissions were made on the plan – one by a residents group, one by a local elected representative and eight by local residents – all in favour of the proposal.
With the agreement by Councillors, the Local Authority will now manage almost 400 metres of road space, including open public spaces, within the Fionnuisce estate.
Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.
The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.
The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.
A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.
It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.
Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.
Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.
The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.
192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.
10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.
Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.