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Call for live online streaming of Galway County Council meetings

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In the wake of the farcical scenes witnessed in the new Galway County Council chamber this week, local representative James Charity has called for live online streaming of meetings, so that the public can view proceedings for themselves.

Farcical scenes as councillors row over seating arrangements at €450,000 chamber

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It was not a day when our local politicians covered themselves in glory. A debate on where some elected members of the Galway County Council would sit in the newly refurbished council chamber was succinctly summed up by Republican Sinn Féin representative, Tomas O Curraoin, who labelled the whole matter a joke, and likened the behaviour of some councillors to small children. "If kids were in junior infants, they would be arguing about where they were sitting," he said

Councillors debate contentious issue of unfinished housing estates

A suggestion by a number of county councillors that a special €100,000 fund, which has been made available by Galway County Council to fund badly needed repair works in unfinished estates across the county, be used to solely provide public lighting, was rejected by councillors at this week’s local authority meeting.

Hopes that problems at Kilconnell landfill will be resolved permanently

A controversial landfill site located between Loughrea and Ballinasloe is to be re-opened by the Galway County Council - but only so it can be closed permanently in future.

One hundred and thirty years of Connacht Rugby

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The Connacht branch of the Irish Rugby Football Union was formed on December 8, 1885 in Corless’ Burlington Dining Rooms, Andrew Street, and Church Lane, Dublin. The meeting took place after the first time Connacht played as a province in a match against Leinster. The clubs represented at the meeting were Ballinasloe, Castlebar, Galway Grammar School, Galway Town, Queen’s College Galway, and Ranelagh School, Athlone.

Councillors express their unhappiness with ongoing broadband issues

A civil servant received one of the coldest receptions ever afforded to a visitor at a Galway County Council meeting earlier this week when he gave a presentation on the National Broadband Plan. Sean Griffin from the Department of Communications was handed the unenviable task of delivering an update on the plan, and how it would affect long-suffering internet users in rural Galway. But it was unlikely that Mr Griffin had reckoned on a chamber packed with 39 irate councillors, each of whom was awarded time to speak on the contentious issue. And it was not pretty. At one stage the department representative was even accused of pedalling “happy pills’’ to pacify a bunch that were anything but happy.

NRA to begin design of Ballinasloe to Galway greenway

Plans for a greenway between Ballinasloe and Galway has taken another step forward after Galway county councillors gave their approval to an agreement which will allow the National Roads Authority to begin the design process.

Connolly highlights hospital deficits

The 22 beds taken from St Brigid’s Hospital and the downgrading of Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe are vital services needed in the community, according to Sinn Fein’s Dermot Connolly.

FF and Independents to catch up on FG in the county?

Fine Gael looks set to continue its current dominance of Galway County Council, but Fianna Fáil and Independents are set to have a solid election and may even narrow the gap with the governing party.

Grassroots

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As readers of this page are well aware, there are two elections due on May 23, the Local Elections, and the election to that most useless of institutions, the so- called European Parliament.

 

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