Date Published: 29-Jun-2012
Over 230 homes in Galway were identified with high levels of cancer causing radon gas in the first five months of this year.
That’s according to figures compiled by the radiological protection institute of Ireland.
The R-P-I-I carried out 15 hundred tests at Galway homes in the first five months of this year.
Of these 234 homes were found to be above the acceptable level.
One home had 19 times the acceptable level of radon-that’s the highest ever found in Galway, and is equivalant to occupants receiving the equivalant of 13 chest x-rays per day.
Four homes, three in Tuam and one in Headford, had more than ten times the acceptable level and 31 homes had between four and ten times the acceptable level.
The remaining 198 homes had radon levels above and up to four times the acceptable level and were found, as predicted, in High Radon Areas throughout the county.
Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to up to 200 lung cancer deaths each year.
Appeal for information following Portumna crash
Date Published: 08-May-2013
Gardai are appealing for witnesses following a single vehicle crash at the Portumna bridge this morning.
The road from Nenagh to Loughrea reopened shortly after 11 this morning following the completion of a technical exam.
Four men were travelling in a van when they hit the Portumna bridge around 6:30 this morning.
Gardaí, ambulance and two units of Portumna fire services rushed to the scene, and one of the men was taken to Portiuncula hospital in Ballinasloe.
He is being treated for head injuries, which have been described by Gardaí as serious.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Portumna Garda station on 09-097-42060
President Higgins among GMIT’s first ever honorary fellowships
Date Published: 10-May-2013
GMIT is to honour seven outstanding individuals including President Michael D Higgins with Honorary Fellowships at a special ceremony later this month.
It’s the first time in the 40 year history of the Institute the Governing Body of GMIT has decided to award honorary fellowships.
The GMIT Honorary Fellowships will be conferred at the g Hotel in the city this day two weeks Friday 24 May at 2.30pm in front of 200 invited guests.
Galway commuters hold their breath as LRC intervenes in bus strike
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Galway commuters are holding their breath as there has been a potential breakthrough in the Bus Eireann dispute, as both sides have agreed to talks at the Labour Relations Commission.
The LRC intervened this afternoon, on day two of strike action that has seen 95 per cent of bus services disrupted across the country.
The LRC’s Director of Conciliation Services, Kevin Foley, says the National Bus and Rail Union and the company have agreed to meet for mediated talks at 8 this evening.