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An Bord Pleanála confirms Compulsory Purchase Order for Kirwan roundabout upgrade

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An Bord Pleanala has confirmed the CPO for the upgrade of Kirwan roundabout in the city to a signalised junction.

The route which has already gone through the Part 8 process would involve a land take of over one hectare.

As part of the scheme, a public right of way across the existing roundabout is to be extinguished and replaced with a green open spaced area within the traffic light junction arrangement.

Four private properties will be impacted by the project including the Menlo Park hotel, a bed and breakfast, a residence, and a partially constructed residential site.

An oral hearing concerning the CPO was held last month (Jan) where a local residents’ group argued the upgrade would increase rat-runs and exacerbate Galway’s traffic problems.

City officials had stated the scheme is needed due to collisions and safety, traffic demand, network integration and pedestrian facilities.

The CPO has now been confirmed without modifications.

In making its decision, An Bord Pleanala considered a number of areas including the city development plan, the community need, the overall design and the submissions received.

It stated that the permanent and temporary acquisition of the lands in question and the extinguishment of the public right of way is necessary and the objections cannot be sustained having regard to the said necessity.

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10,414 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Statement for the National Public Health Emergency Team

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 5,605* confirmed cases of COVID-19.

In addition, on Tuesday 25 January, 4,809** people registered a positive antigen test through the HSE portal.

There has been a total of 6,136 deaths related to COVID-19 notified in Ireland. This includes 49 deaths newly notified in the past week (since last Wednesday).

As of 8am today, 739 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 74 are in ICU.

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Galway TD critical of Government inaction on violence against women over past 20 years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD has sharply criticised the Government in the Dáil over its ongoing failure to take meaningful action to tackle violence against women over the past two decades

Deputy Catherine Connolly noted that the death of Ashling Murphy has been described as a “watershed” moment by many, that has shone a spotlight on the issue.

However, she said countless spotlights have been shone on the issue over the past two decades, yet very little effective actions have been taken.

She cited a Government-commissioned report issued in 1997 that outlined the need for greater supports for women, as well as programmes for violent men that tackle their behavior.

Deputy Connolly argued we’ve known the exact scale of the problem for the past 25 years – yet the Government has done very little to address it.

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NUIG Student Union highlights availability of safety and door alarms

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The Student Union at NUI Galway has moved to highlight the availability of various safety alarms and door alarms for purchase at its shop.

The union is creating awareness of safety measures in light of the tragic death of Aisling Murphy in Tullamore.

It comes as hospitality has fully reopened with greater numbers of students socialising at night.

Vice President Cora Clarke says the alarms are available at no major cost and may make many feel safer.

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