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5 year old girl critical in Dublin hospital following M6 crash

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A five year old girl is in a critical condition in Temple street hospital in Dublin following a three car crash on the M6 last night.

The collision happened on the motorway westbound between Athenry and Oranmore at about 7pm.

This section of motorway is still closed to allow for a forensic collision examination.

It’s understood one of the cars spun out of control after being hit by another car along the motorway westbound at Newford, Athenry at about 10 past 7.

It then crashed into another car.

Five people were taken to hospital – the drivers of all three cars and a 5 year old girl and a 9 year old boy who were passengers in one of the cars.

The five year old girl was later transferred to Temple Street hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Gardaí are describing her conditon as ‘critical’

The three drivers and the boy have since been discharged from hospital.

Gardaí are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact them at Milstreet on 091 53 8000 or at Athenry on 091 844016.

Meanwhile, Gardaí and emergency services attended a collision on the M6 near the Loughrea junction this afternoon.

It’s understood no-one was seriously injured in the collision, but Gardaí are advising motorists to be extremely cautious, especially on a treacherous stretch of the motorway between Athenry and Kiltullagh.

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304 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 304 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported this evening.

47 coronavirus patients are in hospital, with 13 in intensive care.

210 cases of the Delta variant have been identified in Ireland so far.

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Galway TD demands no more “patronising comments” from Health Minister over National Maternity Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has asked the Health Minister to take action on the National Maternity Hospital rather than making patronising comments or offering promises.

Deputy Catherine Connolly was contributing to a Dáil debate on the ownership and operation of the hospital, which has been a long-running matter of controversy.

Particpating in the discussion, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly acknowledged the issues raised, particularly given the history of women’s health in this country.

However, he said he would only bring a governance recommendation to Goverment if he had clear, unambiguous and watertight confirmation of the full operational independence of the hospital.

Deputy Connolly wasn’t won over by this assurance – and said it falls short of what is needed.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.

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County Council drawing up plans to enhance Connemara bridges

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is in the process of drawing up a design plan for remedial and safety work on bridges which serve the districts of Lettermore and Lettermullen in Connemara.

At a meeting of the municipal district, Connemara County Councillors were told that the bridges are basically sound and that the remedial works are being scheduled for later this year.

They are the longest bridges in Connemara. DroicheadAnachMheáin, DroicheadCharraiganLogáin and DroichedChuigéil.

They link CeantarnanOileán – that is LeitirMóir and LeitirMealláin – to the mainland.

For some time past surface cracks and fissures in the structures have caused concern locally and CoisteBóithreChonamara have highlighted the issue.

Senior Council Engineer, Damian Mitchell, told Connemara Councillors that a report from Sandberg Consulting Engineers in London had shown that the bridges were basically sound.

However, certain elements of concern emerged about some locations and remedial works are to be carried out.

It was not clear from the meeting if traffic lights might be part of the plan or if weight limits might be considered.

Councillors are to meet members of the roads committee on the 5th of July but the Connemara Councillors Chairman, Séamus Walsh said the design plan would ultimately be a matter for the engineers and for the elected Councillors.

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