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Big wheel resumes operation at Christmas Market following safety investigation

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council says the big wheel at the Christmas Market has been fully certified as safe following an investigation into last evening’s incident.
The fault, which saw up to 20 people stranded mid-air for several hours, was caused by an electrical failure.

Just minutes after the official launch of the 2017 Galway Christmas Market, the iconic big wheel at the top of Eyre Square suddenly stopped turning.
There were up to 20 people on the attraction at the time – and fire crews were forced to use cherry pickers to supply blankets and hot drinks to those affected.
They were eventually released at ground level after crews manually rotated the wheel.
No injuries were reported during the ordeal, which lasted several hours.
The City Council has now issued a statement which attributes the incident to an electrical fault.
It says following inspections by an approved assessor, a new safety certificate has been issued by Health, Safety and Accident Investigation Services to the operator of the market.
It adds that the local authority had previously been supplied with all necessary certification as required under regulations and event licensing.
The big wheel has since resumed operation at Eyre Square.

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File for DPP after Garda drug seizure in east of city

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A file is being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions following a drug seizure in the east of the city.

Gardaí attached to the Galway Divisional Drugs Unit searched a premises on the east side of the Galway city yesterday (May 25).

Quantities of suspected cannabis, cocaine and MDMA, with a combined value of 13,000 euro were seized in the course of the search, along with €2,330 in cash.

A man in his 20’s was arrested at the scene.

He was detained for questioning under the provisions of Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, at the North Western HQ, on the Dublin Road.

The man has since been released and a file will now be prepared for the DPP.

All of the drugs seized will now be sent for further analysis.

Gardaí say investigations are ongoing.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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