Cobblestones in Galway city centre to be replaced

The uneven surface on Shop Street

Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council is to begin repairing the cobblestones in the city’s pedestrianised area in 2019.
The repair of the uneven cobblestones on Shop Street, William Street, Mainguard Street and surrounding side streets, along with the footpaths, has been called for for many years.
But the necessary funds were not available – until now – and they have come about in an unexpected manner.
The city council’s insurers Irish Public Bodies are making a retained earnings distribution to their members over a three year period.
This has resulted in a windfall of €3.8 million for Galway City Council.
Finance Director Edel McCormack told councillors at their meeting last night that it’s critical that the council targets key areas for risk improvement to reduce the incidence of future claims.
She said the main city centre pedestrian surfaces should be the priority and Cllr Ollie Crowe replied the work would reduce the council’s claims bill.
Mr McGrath said another €1.6 million could be secured from the North and West Regional Assembly bringing.