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Almost 10 percent of Galway road network ‘falling apart’

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 10 percent of Galway’s road network is in severe structural distress – essentially, ‘falling apart’.
That’s according to a new survey of almost 100 thousand kilometres of local and regional roads nationwide.
However, Galway City is one of just two areas nationwide which recorded a zero percent rate for roads in distress.

‘Virtually undriveable’.
Just one phrase used to describe some of the country’s road in the survey conducted by local authorities and published by the National Oversight and Audit Commission.
It found than nationwide, over 12 thousand kilometres of regional and local roads are in ‘severe structural distress’ with deep potholes and crumbling surfaces.
The survey reveals that across Galway, 8 percent of the road network is in such a condition and in urgent need of remedial works.
Councillors have long argued that the County Council’s roads maintenance budget is nowhere near what is needed to maintain Galway’s road network.
However, according to the survey, Galway City and South Dublin are the only two areas nationwide which recorded no roads in structural distress.
According to the Irish Independent, Co. Monaghan has the worst record in Ireland – with 15% of it’s road network classed as being in severe structural distress.

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Galway Garda Chief says drugs “biggest challenge” facing force locally

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Superintendent of the Galway Garda Division has acknowledged that drugs are the biggest challenge facing the force locally.

At a meeting of the City Joint Policing this week, Gerry Roche said it’s very widespread and the money involved is astronomical.
He added there’s a lot more work to be done and Gardaí are working on a new strategy to tackle those involved in the drugs trade at all levels.
It was noted that the Divisional Drugs Unit are targetting one specific gang in particular – though there are a lot of small operations, including those targetting students.
A warning was given that Gardaí will pursue everyone involved to the very end and prosecute at any opportunity.
Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche says drugs are endemic across all age groups and levels of society.
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Fíbín Media to launch new state of the art production studio in Connemara

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based production company Fíbín Media is to launch its new state of the art production studio tomorrow (7/12).

The new studio contains 130 square metres of floor space, and is located in Tully in Connemara.

It will offer a new home for Fíbín to create TV shows for young people through English and Irish.

Fíbín founder and CEO is Darach O Tuairisg.

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Local addiction counsellor claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway-based addiction counsellor, Joe Treacy, claims cocaine is “blowing a blizzard” in Galway.

Data has found that cocaine-use has increased across all age groups in recent years.

Joe Treacy was responding to comments made by local GP Martin Daly on Galway Talks yesterday, who said there is a wave of cocaine in rural areas.

Agreeing with Martin’s sentiments, Joe Treacy, says that cocaine-use is widespread in our communities.

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