Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a 17 percent drop in the number of passenger journeys on the Limerick to Galway line, along the western rail corridor.
Figures compiled by Iarnrod Eireann show 93 thousand journeys were recorded in the first six months of this year, compared to 112 thousand in the same period last year.
The reduction is being attributed to a line closure along the Ennis to Limerick section due to flood damage for a period of three months earlier this year.
Meanwhile the Dublin to Galway route usage is up 7 percent with 507 thousand journeys recorded.
Barry Kenny is spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann and says although usage is down on the Western Rail Corridor due to flooding closures, the Ennis to Athenry section shows a more positive picture.
Taoiseach says he “doesn’t accept” Galway Ring Road bad for environment
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Taoiseach has said he does not accept the view that the Galway Ring Road would be bad for the environment.
Leo Varadkar was responding to questions posed by Galway West Deputy Noel Grealish in the Dáil.
It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the long-awaited project, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.
The Taoiseach said while there are different views at cabinet, the Ring Road is part of the National Development Plan.
He gave an assurance that ultimately, if planning permission is granted, it will be funded.
Inland Fisheries Ireland recruiting new Seasonal Fisheries Officers in Galway
Galway Bay FM newsroom – Inland Fisheries Ireland is recruiting 36 Seaonal Fisheries Officers in Galway and nationwide.
The six-month posts are divided across seven River Basin Districts, covering fifteen counties including Galway.
Seasonal Fisheries Officers from Galway will join teams over the summer months – to help protect, conserve and develop fisheries resources in Ireland’s lakes, rivers and coastlines.
Those interested in applying must apply before the deadline of Tuesday 21st of February on the Inland Fisheries Ireland website.
Portiuncula Univeristy Hospital hosting Service of Remembrance for those who have lost a child
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula University Hospital is hosting a Service of Remembrance on the 13th of February for those who have experienced the loss of a child.
Parents and their families who have experienced a bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or after birth are invited to attend.
The service will get underway at 7.30pm in the hospital chapel with light refreshments afterwards.
Deirdre Naughton, Director of Midwifery at the hospital says the service will offer parents a chance to reflect on their journey: