• Cancelling major St Patrick's Day Parades across the country would be a proportionate measure to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus.

    That's the view of Fianna Fáil Deputy for Galway West Eamon O'Cuiv, who took to twitter last night to air his concerns.

    The Fianna Fáil TD says it seems strange that the Dublin parade and other majors parades would go ahead in the current covid19 climate.

    The Galway West TD doesn't think it gives the right message as to the actions and sacrifices the public must take to limit transmission.

    Deputy O'Cuiv recalled that St Patrick's Day parade was cancelled in 2001 due to Foot and Mouth disease outbreak and he believes the current situation warrants similar action.

    He concluded saying that given the drastic actions being taken by other nations to limit and delay the spread of Coronavirus, cancelling major parades would, in his view, be proportionate and welcome.

  • A Galway West TD wants the Government to reconsider strengthening the law so appellants to An Bord Pleanala are clearly identifiable.


    The Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government Eoghan Murphy rejected Deputy O’Cuiv’s call to change the current laws in relation to the verification of residency for those who lodge An Bord Pleanala appeals.


    Deputy O’Cuiv’s issue with the current process of appealing applications to An Bord Pleanala is that there is no way of confirming people’s residency at an address.


    The Fianna Fail TD claims that people can use false names or, purport to live at an address that they do not live in, under the current appeal process.


    Deputy O’Cuiv told Midwest Radio News that An Bord Pleanala should be given evidence of residency at an address to speed up the planning application process.

  • The ongoing delays in progressing works on the R336 Galway to Rossaveal road are unacceptable – that’s according to Galway West TD Eamon O’Cuiv.

    It’s over 12 years since this road project was announced, and 6 possible corridors were selected but a preferred route has not yet been identified.

    Deputy O’’Cuiv says this is having a negative impact on the area, as no planning permissions are being granted in Cois Fharraige, along the six corridors which remain under consideration for the new road.

    The Fianna Fail TD says the current R336 from Galway to Rossaveal is totally inadequate for the volumes of traffic using the road, and urgently needs to be upgraded.

    He says the time has come for a preferred route to be chosen, and the Transport Minister Shane Ross should allocate the funding to do this immediately,

    Deputy O’Cuiv also believes the road should be constructed in tandem with the proposed Galway city bypass.