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Owen Hanley: Why is Leo Varadkar Taoiseach?

By Owen Hanley  Last month Taoiseach Leo Varadkar unveiled a climate action plan nobody really believes in to do something that he never seemed to...

Leo Varadkar faces calls to allocate €20 million to Connacht Rugby

It was a standard day in the Dáil yesterday as the deputies filed in for leaders' questions. The Taoiseach dealt with questions, suggestions and scrutiny...

Seán Kyne appointed to the Seanad by Taoiseach Varadkar

Outgoing Galway West TD and Minister of State Seán Kyne has been appointed to the Seanad as Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's nominee.

Varadkar criticised for intervention in Western transport projects

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been criticised for the dropping of transport projects in the West and North West while he was Transport Minister. New...

Calls for government intervention to prevent Ballinasloe job losses

There have been calls for government agencies to create a taskforce to protect jobs in Ballinasloe in light of potential job losses at Aptar. The...

Minimal representation for Western counties in new Cabinet

The make-up of the new Cabinet was revealed yesterday evening with the three government parties carving up fifteen ministerial seats between them. The new Cabinet...

Healthcare workers make up over 50% of new COVID cases

While the number of COVID-19 cases has fallen dramatically in recent weeks, over half of those cases confirmed recently have been healthcare workers. Of the...

Michael Fitzmaurice states opposition to new coalition government

Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice spoke in opposition to the nomination of Micheál Martin as Taoiseach today as the formation of our new government continues. Micheál...

Coronavirus: Just 1 death, and still no new Galway cases

There was just one death of a person with COVID-19 reported to the Department of Health today, along with 11 new confirmed coronavirus cases. However...

What is in Phase 3 of the accelerated plan to end the lockdown?

With the announcement that the government is once again accelerating the roadmap for reopening Ireland from the COVID-19 lockdown, exactly what will be allowed...

Eamon Ó Cuív urges Fianna Fáil members not to support coalition deal

Galway West TD Eamon Ó Cuív is urging his fellow members of Fianna Fáil not to support the Programme for Government for a three...

Concerns raised about potential abolition of Department of Children

The potential abolition of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs has prompted  Ombudsman for Children Dr Niall Muldoon to write a letter to...

Hairdressers could reopen by the end of the month

Hairdressers could be allowed to reopen sooner than planned, potentially at the end of this month. The Irish Times has reported that the government is considering accelerating...

NUIG to hold online graduation next week for 155 students

NUI Galway will hold its Summer Virtual Conferring next week which will be broadcast live to 155 graduates and their families through Facebook. A video...

4% decrease in number of people in Emergency Accommodation in the West

There has been a 4% decrease in the number of people in Emergency Accommodation in the West in April 2020, compared the same time...

Coronavirus: Taoiseach announces reopening roadmap acceleration

Speaking today Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has confirmed that Phase 2 of the roadmap to reopen the country from the Coronavirus pandemic will go ahead...

Coronavirus: Taoiseach confirms Phase 1 of lockdown easing to begin Monday

Phase 1 of easing the lockdown restrictions will go ahead as planned on Monday, with new health advice for the changing circumstances, including wearing...

Coronavirus: Lockdown extended to May 18, travel limit raised to 5km from Tuesday

Taosieach Leo Varadkar announced that lockdown restrictions imposed to limit the spread of coronavirus will be extended until May 18 before Ireland can begin...

Nursing homes “utterly forgotten” at pandemic’s outset – Connolly

Galway West TD Catherine Connolly has accused the government of forgetting about nursing homes at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic, and failing to...

INMO says govt childcare plan “does nothing” for most nurses

The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation has been highly critical of the government's childcare proposal for medical workers, saying that it is "worse than...
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Galway City recycling centre resuming normal operations

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Zoom launch for new issue of poetry magazine Skylight 47

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