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22 hours ago

Many rural communities that have welcomed refugees are in urgent need of additional support.
That's according to local Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane, who says health and medical services are a particular concern.
She's raised the issue in the Dáil repeatedly, and in her latest contribution, said she cannot understand the lack of action.

3 days ago

The Taoiseach has said he cannot make any promises to increase the funding being provided for flood-hit businesses in Clarinbridge
A number of businesses in the village suffered extensive and costly damage after Storm Debi hit during the early hours of November 13th.
Following that, the government extended the Emergency Business Flooding Scheme to premises affected in Galway - with a total cap of 20 thousand euro.
However, Galway West TD Noel Grealish has raised the point that some businesses are facing costs much higher than that.
He brought the issue to the attention of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil:

3 days ago

Seven Galway sports clubs have received up to €50,000 as part of a national fund worth €5m
Minister Heather Humphreys has announced the funding as part of the Our Rural Future development plan.
The following clubs will receive the full €50,000 - East Galway United Community Development Group, Portumna GAA Club, Beagh GAA, St Brendans GAA, and Tynagh Abbey Duniry Hurling Club
While Killimor GAA is receiving €45,000 and Tommy Larkins in Woodford will get €43,000
Minister Humphreys outlines where the focus will be for this round of funding:

3 days ago

Kinvara woman Hilda O'Grady has been presented with a national Climate Ambassador Award 
Hilda was chosen from a group of 179 citizens from around the country for "going above and beyond."
She's a dedicated Climate Ambassador actively promoting sustainable practices in her community, from her involvement in local farmers markets to leading recycling initiatives. 
Hilda cited the team behind her as an integral part of her work. 

3 days ago

Galway West TD Catherine Connolly has clashed with several Government TDs over comments on the conflict in Gaza. 
Addressing the Justice Minister in the Dáil, she argued Ireland is not doing enough to strongly condemn Israel and call it to account. 
But she was interrupted by a number of Government TD's, including Simon Harris, James Browne and Jennifer Carroll MacNeill. 
Simon Harris accused Deputy Connolly of "misrepresenting" the Government position. 
And Justice Minister Helen McEntee pointed out she had clearly stated in that very debate that "Israel has gone too far". 
But Deputy Connolly thinks the Irish Government could and should be sending a stronger message. 

3 days ago

The Minister for Transport has confirmed plans are in place to clear the existing rail line between Athenry and Claremorris
Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cúiv put the question to Eamon Ryan in the Dáil during a discussion on the Western Rail Corridor.
He also requested that engineering surveys be done while the line is being cleared, to gain an idea of the cost involved in the project
In response, Minister Ryan says he has asked Irish Rail if the line can be done as soon as possible:

4 days ago

The school places deficit in one County Galway area has been raised in the Dáil 
Increases in population have led to some of the worst waiting lists in years in both Galway city and county
This causing stress for families and in some cases children are being home-schooled as no place became available
Pressure is being put on the Minister for Education to urgently address the shortage of school places 
Galway East  Fine Gael TD Ciaran Cannon referred to Athenry in particular when he raised the matter in the Dáil this week
He says the number of post-primary school places in Athenry needs a complete reassessment.
Deputy Cannon has called on Norma Foley to immediately engage with school principals
He has told the Dáil that secondary schools in Athenry cannot keep up with capacity demands without more support:


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