• Arts organisations involved in Galway 2020 are holding a crisis meeting with local authority officials today.

    It follows major budget cuts to projects in the European Capital of Culture programme.

    The cuts have already led to Druid Theatre company shelving one of 2020's flagship productions.

    The project has already seen the replacement of the artistic director and CEO, due to resignations.

  • The third meeting of the Beef Taskforce took place yesterdayby video conference.  The Beef Taskforce members had previously been provided with a written update on the work of the Taskforce in May.

    The Beef Taskforce was established by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Michael Creed, on foot of an agreement last September, during beef protests.

    Minister Creed says substantial progress has been made in the delivery of commitments under the beef sector agreement.  Work on the actions to be implemented under the beef sector agreement has been ongoing throughout the pandemic and he is pleased to see that engagement between stakeholders can still progress notwithstanding the current restrictions on physical meetings. 

    The Minister says he is encouraged to hear of the progress on the Market Transparency studies by Grant Thornton, as transparency is essential to maintaining mutually beneficial relationships across the supply chain to secure the future of Irish beef.

    At yesterday’s meeting, Bord Bia presented on the current market situation as well as providing an update on the progress of the draft application to the EU Commission for PGI Status for Irish grass fed beef.

    Agreed minutes and relevant update documents will be published on DAFM’s website shortly.


  • A public meeting will be held in Galway on Monday evening to discuss plans for opening an Educate Together secondary school in the city.

    The Education Minister Richard Bruton recently invited patrons to apply for four new second-level schools to open in 2019 - including one in the Galway city / Oranmore area.

    Educate Together is currently garnering support from interested parents in the Galway area to establish a second-level school, and a public meeting will be held at NUI Galway on Monday evening next at 8pm for those interested.

  • The Taoiseach has agreed to meet with management from Ireland West Airport Knock in the coming days to discuss the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    The Mayo airport is to close next week for a month, as a result of Ryanair suspending operations from all regional airports for a 4-week period before Christmas.

    Passenger numbers have plummeted at the airport this year, and losses are mounting.

    Mayo Fianna Fail TD Dara Calleary told Midwest News that Taoiseach Mícheal Martin is aware of the importance of the airport to this region, and has agreed to meet management in the coming days to discuss what assistance might be forthcoming..