Galway Bay fm newsroom – Members of the Athenry-Oranmore municipal district have hit out at the distribution of road restoration funding in the county.
Cathaoirleach Peter Feeney has described the allocation of just over 59 thousand euro out of a 758 thousand euro fund as ‘unacceptable.’
The funding was an additional allocation from a national fund of 12 million euro towards surface restoration works under the Restoration Improvement Programme.
The money is allocated on a per kilometer basis across each municipal district.
At this week’s municipal district meeting Councillors Martina Kinane and James Charity expressed concerns relating to the growing population of the district and the need for quality roads.
Director of Services Michael Raftery defended the distribution and said 100 thousand euro of the total had been ringfenced for a project in the Loughrea district.
Average age of Covid-19 cases in Galway remains lowest nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average age of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Galway remains the lowest nationwide.
The figure is unchanged from last week at 31 years of age – followed by Sligo at 33, and Kerry at 35.
However, the age profile has increased significantly in recent weeks.
Shortly before Christmas, the average age of confirmed cases in Galway was just 26.
The latest figures show that Galway has an incidence rate of 1,017 per 100 thousand – and recorded 2,624 new cases over the past 14 days.
Local authorities urged to work with bus firms on Park and Ride at Galway Airport
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s local authorities are being urged to work with local bus companies on establishing a park and ride facility at Galway Airport.
Councillor Alan Cheevers says with the proper infrastructure and bus lanes from the airport to the city, it would be the prime location for such a facility.
It comes as the matter was discussed at a recent meeting of the city council, which heard that a dedicated unit has been established within the National Transport Authority to examine Park and Ride for Galway.
It’ll explore options for Park and Ride facilities to the east, west, and north-west of the city.
Councillor Cheevers argues the 115 acre Galway Airport site – which is jointly owned by the city and county council – should be the only option under consideration for the east side.
He says proposals should be invited from local bus companies who would be interested in collaborating on the project.
Fianna Fail Councillor Cheevers says it’s been vacant far too long and it’s time to make use of it – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…
Local TD raises concern over high levels of Covid-19 infection in hospitals
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway Deputy Denis Naughten has raised concerns over high infection rates of Covid-19 in hospitals nationwide.
He says hospitals have consistently been to the fore regarding new outbreak figures – yet there is still no serial testing being carried out.
He says a new report from the HSE shows there is a six times higher rate of Covid-19 exposure in our hospitals than in the local community.
He’s also pointed to the fact that the report found there were some staff at UHG with Covid-19 that were unaware they had the virus and were still working.
Deputy Naughten raised the matter in the Dáil yesterday, where Tanaiste Leo Varadkar confirmed that 1 in 3 patients with Covid-19 contracted the virus while in hospital.
Deputy Naughten also argues that it makes no sense that regular testing is being carried out at meat plants, but not at our hospitals.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan, Independent Deputy Naughten said a co-ordinated national plan is urgently needed…
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