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Ballinasloe public meeting against waste transfer facility

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A public meeting will take place in Ballinasloe tonight (10/1) regarding opposition to a waste transfer facility in Poolboy.
Galway County Council granted planning permission to Sean Curran of Barna Waste for the transfer station.
However, locals have collected hundreds of signatures for a petition against the facility.
A waste transfer station is a processing site for the temporary deposition of waste.
Waste is not stored at the location but is sorted.
Locals in Ballinasloe argue that the Poolboy facility would have serious consequences for the town, with trucks using the routes through the town 6 days a week.
They are also concerned about air quality and what they claim could be potential damage to local tourism.
The county council is currently assessing a waste permit for the site and locals say they have until January 24th to submit written objections.
As part of the campaign of opposition, a public meeting will take place at the Shearwater Hotel in Ballinasloe at 8 o’ clock tonight and more than 300 people have signed a petition.

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Gardaí renew public appeal following city assaults

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have renewed a public appeal for information following recent assaults in the city.

The first incident took place last Bank Holiday Monday on June 7th between 3.45am and 4.05am, when two men were assaulted at Bridget’s Place in Woodquay as they were walking home from Eyre Square.

The men received serious facial injuries in the altercation.

Witnesses observed two males with Dublin accents at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information or with dash cam footage is urged to contact Galway Gardaí on 091 538000.

Public assistance is also requested following the assault of a man at Williamsgate Street on Sunday morning at 12.30.

The assailant fled the scene towards Cross Street.

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New institute for teacher education to be established in the West

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new institute for teacher education is to be established in the West.

NUI Galway, GMIT and St Angela’s College Sligo have announced the foundation of the Western Institute for Studies in Education.

The WISE institute will support collaboration among the three institutions to enhance and promote teacher education in the region.

It’s in a bid to develop courses, research and public engagement in the sector.

The collaboration comes following a major review of the structure of teacher education in Ireland from 2018.

Head of the School of Education at NUIG Professor Gerry Mac Ruairc says the new institute will also focus on improving access to education for marginalised groups….

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TII urged to carry-out safety audit on stretch of N84

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam area councillors are calling on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to carry-out a safety audit on a key section of the N84 Headford Road.

Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade put forward a motion at this week’s district meeting for the transport body to carry-out the safety assessment on the route from Ballindooley to Cloughanover.

The motion, which also called for verges to be cut back at the Balroebuck junction, was carried unanimously.

It comes as there have been several road traffic incidents along the busy routes recently, including two at the Grange junction in the past week.

Councillor Hoade argues the Grange junction is an area of particular concern to road users and local residents.

Director of Services for the Tuam MD Derek Pender told members he will have an answer from TII for the next district meeting, adding that the roads body has always been very generous in supplying funding.

Councillor Hoade argues that stacking lanes and turning lanes are needed at junctions exiting onto the N84.

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