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Wild Atlantic Way could be brought into disrepute if road is not fixed

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A source of funding to complete a major overhaul of the Currane Road from Mulranny to Achill Sound needs to be found as a priority, to improve safety on a key part of the Wild Atlantic Way, it was said this week.

Councillors unhappy about the publication of farmers' CAP payments

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A number of county councillors have expressed unhappiness about a new policy whereby the details of farmers' grants from Europe are being published online. This follows new EU regulations, which required details of all payments made to Common Agriculture Policy beneficiaries in 2014 to be published by member states. Some €1.8 billion was paid to 130,000 farmers and rural enterprises nationwide under CAP schemes last year.

Councillors warn about the negative effects of any reduction in islands air service

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Galway county councillors have issued a strong message to the Government that the present level of air service to the Aran Islands must be maintained. Aer Arann has administered the service to the islands since 1970 and currently operates daily flights to Inis Mór, Inis Oirr, and Inis Meáin. All flights which take about 10 minutes from lift-off to touch down, depart and arrive from Connemara Regional Airport. The contract for the service is now up for renewal and there are fears due to a cut from Government to the air service subvention, the service will be reduced.

Moving tributes for John McNicholas at Ballina meeting

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The elected members and officials of Ballina Municipal District paid moving tributes to the late Mayo County Council worker John McNicholas at their meeting on Tuesday.

Call for Galway women to stand for election in 2016

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Election 2016 is the first general election in the State where parties have to ensure 30 per cent of their candidates are female, or face financial penalties, and now a campaign group is calling on Galway women to put themselves forward for election to Dáil Éireann.

Ballina Men's Shed to get a new home

The Ballina Men's Shed group will be getting a new home in the Estoria Building on Teeling Street in the town, it was agreed this week. The elected members of Ballina Municipal District approved the proposal at their reconvened June meeting on Wednesday.

Charity calls for live online streaming of Galway County Council meetings

Renua Councillor James Charity has labelled last week’s scenes at the monthly meeting of Galway County Council “utterly disgraceful,” and has called for live online streaming of all future meetings so that the public can view proceedings for themselves.

Plans being put in motion for Easter Rising centenary

A community engagement workshop to discuss plans for the Easter Rising centenary celebrations will take place at the Galway City Museum this Thursday evening (June 4). A steering committee has been appointed by Galway City Council to oversee the celebrations in the city next year. This committee will engage with local communities and arts organisations to devise a programme to commemorate the Rising.

Back to the future with Fianna Fáil?

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Two things strike Insider immediately about the recently selected Fianna Fáil Galway West ticket for Election 2016 of TD Éamon Ó Cuív, county councillor Mary Hoade, and former city councillor John Connolly - and what is says about the party is not positive.

Master plan for South Park finally a reality - Connolly

After a “most unfortunate” delay of more than seven years, the Galway City Council this week confirmed it is preparing a draft/master plan for South Park, which is to be presented to councillors for approval in September.

 

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