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Keaveney u-turn on party politics

GALWAY East has been left without a Labour Party representative at Government level, following last week’s resignation from the party of former Labour Deputy and party chair, Colm Keaveney. The deputy will continue to serve in the Dáil as an independent TD for the Galway East constituency.

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Time to peruse Gort Area Plan

Those with any concerns about the shape of Gort in the future, now is the time to state their case. Galway County Council is proposing to make alterations to the draft Gort Local Area Plan 2013-2019 and details of the proposed alterations are now available for public viewing until July 5 in Gort and Galway City. The proposed alterations would, if made, be a material alteration to the Draft Gort Local Area Plan 2013-2019, which was previously displayed.A strategic environmental assessment of one of the proposed material alterations is required and an appropriate assessment of one of the proposed material alterations is required.Copies of the proposed material alteration, strategic environmental assessment and appropriate assessment reports on the proposed alterations and the stage two strategic flood risk assessment report (as amended) are available for public inspection. They can be viewed during normal opening hours from at Gort County Council Office, Crowe Street, Gort, Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.55pm and …

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Local bid for Thoor Ballylee

VALUED Yeats’ artefacts can go on display locally in South Galway, provided the necessary legal indemnities are put in place, according to Senator Lorraine Higgins. Senator Higgins said she was informed by Junior Minister Michael Ring that Fáilte Ireland has given the go-ahead to loan artefacts associated with Thoor Ballylee and poet WB Yeats to local organisations, provided the necessary legal indemnities are put in place. She raised the issue of the artefacts previously held in the East Galway Tower with Minister Ring in the Seanad recently, where she said their placement locally was “critical to any tourism revival in South Galway”. “Thoor Ballylee is steeped in connections with Yeats. South Galway has suffered badly in recent years and it needs a tourism boost. The allocation of some of the artefacts from the tower in alternative accommodation is critical to the revival of the tourism sector in the area,” she said on that occasion.Senator Higgins pointed out that the artefacts …

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