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Barna to Moycullen road closes again as gorse fire flares up

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Galway bay fm newsroom:
Emergency services have been forced to close the Barna to Moycullen road again as a gorse fire has reignited in the Truskey West area.
It’s the latest in a series of flare-ups that have seen the road closed several times in recent days.
Niamh Delmer has more details:
At around half past 3 this afternoon, several units of Galway Fire Brigade returned to the scene of a gorse fire a mile or two north of Barna.
It’s the latest in a series of flare-ups that have affected the site since a major blaze erupted near the village on Tuesday.
While the fire was contained earlier this week, fire crews say difficult conditions make it extremely challenging to fully extinguish the fire.
As a result, there’s been a series of re-ignitions and flare-ups since Tuesday that have seen the Barna to Moycullen road closed a number of times.
The road is now closed again this evening to facilities emergency services and motorists are once again advised to avoid the area if possible.
Heavy smoke is present in the area and local residents are being advised to close their windows and doors while the incident is being dealt with.
However, emergency services say there is no current threat to commercial property or residential areas.

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Plans for 60 apartments at West City Retail Park

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans have been lodged for an apartment block at West City Centre Office & Retail Park in Westside.

The project would involve the demolition of the existing first floor office level, to make way for 60 new apartments.

The development would be primarily made up of two-bed and single-bed units spread across first, second and third floor level.

At present, Aldi is the anchor tenant of the retail park at ground floor level.

City planners are due to make a decision in January.

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Two Galway teaching graduates receive top awards

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two Galway teaching graduates have achieved ‘top of their class’ status at the annual Hibernia College conferring ceremony.

Along with that honour, Spiddal’s Aonghus Ó hEochaidh also received a placement performance award by the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation.

While Mary Corless, a teacher in Scoil Bhride in Tuam, was awarded for receiving the highest grade in the research module.

Both teaching graduates were awarded during their conferring at Dublin’s Convention Centre.

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Call for county council to have 24/7 contract to service traffic lights

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for Galway County Council to have a 24/7 contract to service traffic lights.

Local Councillor Jim Cuddy is making the call after lights at Carnmore Cross were out of order from Friday last to Monday afternoon.

The Athenry/Oranmore councillor claims the temporary flashing lights put in place were “totally inadequate” in terms of road safety.

Councillor Cuddy says having no access to service on weekends is not good enough.

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