Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 3 million euro has been announced for sustainable transport initiatives in Galway.
The biggest allocation of funding – over 600 thousand euro – has been sanctioned towards the redevelopment of Ceannt Station in the city.
The funds have been announced by Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, who’s visiting Galway today.(18/2)
Other projects to benefit from funding include the Fairgreen Road in the city, which will get 300 thousand euro to introduce cycling facilities and upgrade pedestrian facilities.
Just over 300 thousand euro has also been sanctioned for variable message and parking guidance signs around the city.
A further 200 thousand euro has been allocated for the Tuam road / Joyce Road junction to install traffic lights and widen the road on approach.
200 thousand euro is being provided to update Galway City Transport Model with the new 2011 Census and 2012 National Household Survey data.
Other projects include Eyre Square pedestrian crossings, tour bus parking, Threadneedle Road cycleway, Barna Greenway and the Tuam Road bus corridor.
Minister Kelly says the funding is a bid to get more people in Galway to use sustainable transport.
A planning application for the redevelopment of Ceannt Station has been submitted to the City Council.
Minister Alan Kelly says work has already begun on plans to redevelop the city train station.
1491 new cases of COVID-19 nationally
Galway Bay fm newsroom – As of midnight, Wednesday 4 August, the National Public Health Emergency team is reporting 1,491* confirmed cases of COVID-19.
As of 8am today, 193 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 28 are in ICU.
Dr Tony Holohan, Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health said: “Vaccination offers a real way out of this pandemic. The positive news is that take-up in Ireland is extremely high, which shows people understand the benefits for themselves and for their communities of getting vaccinated. Those with at least a first dose in the over 40s is over 90%, in the over 30s it is 84%, in the 18 to 29 year age group it is over 73%, and in the 16-17 year age group, it is over 46%. These figures continue to increase, and each person who has come forward should be commended.
“It’s understandable that after the period of time that COVID-19 has been with us, that some people become tired of it. But the virus does not become tired. It doesn’t care if we are fed up, it only sees the opportunity to spread from person to person when we let our guard down.
“Risk assess your plans this weekend. Remember that if you have any cold or flu like symptoms at all, you should err on the side of caution and stay at home – do not meet up with others, and do not go to work. If you are an employer, remind your employees to continue working from home where possible for now, and not to attend work with any COVID-19 symptoms. Vaccines work, but they must also be supported by us all choosing to act as safely as possible.”
Covid-19 walk-in vaccination clinics to open in Clifden and city this weekend
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend. (7/8)
The centres are open on Saturday to those aged 16 and over who have not yet received a first dose vaccine.
The Clifden centre is based at Clifden Community School, and will be in operation from 10am to 2pm.
Meanwhile, Ballybrit Vaccination Centre will be open for walk-in appointments on Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
The Saolta Hospital Group says last weekend proved a tremendous success for both centres, with over 800 people receiving first dose vaccinations.
Coming up on FYI Galway@5
- The Health Minister is encouraging parents and young people to seek information from reliable sources as registration for COVID vaccines for 12 to 15 year olds will open next Thursday
- Covid-19 walk-in vaccination centres will once again open in Clifden and the city this weekend
- Partners will be able to attend 12 week maternity scans and C-sections under new HSE guidance to be issued to hospitals tomorrow