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Bus Eireann urged to reinstate rural bus services in East Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bus Eireann is being urged to reinstate a bus service at Kilrickle.
Galway East TD and Junior Minister Ciaran Cannon is calling on Bus Eireann to restore the service at Kilrickle along its Route 20 which runs from Galway to Dublin.
Changes to the route are due to begin on the 29th of July and will no longer facilitate Kilrickle, Oranmore, Derrydonnell and the Dubarry factory in Ballinasloe.
Minister Cannon says the proposal is “absurd” as the bus will still be passing through the village.
The Galway East TD says he’s engaging with both the Head of Bus Eireann and the Head of the National Transport Authority to reinstate the stop immediately.
Minister Cannon says the service must accommodate all members of the public.

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Minister questioned in Seanad over major delays for new national school in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Education Minister has come under pressure over what has been described as a a multi-decade delay in providing a new school building for Ballinasloe National School.

Speaking in the Seanad, Fine Gael Senator Aisling Dolan said Scoil an Chroí Naofa has been waiting 20 years for a purpose built facility.

She noted that planning was granted in 2011 and an extension was approved in 2016, yet there’s still been very little progress.

Senator Dolan argued that generations of children are passing through school buildings that date back to the 1930s and 1960s.

Currently, the project is at Stage 2(b), which is detailed design.

Senator Dolan said the whole project from start to finish should take around 5 years, yet decades later there’s been little progress.

Speaking in response, Minister Josepha Madigan acknowledged it was ‘extraordinary’ that the project has not come to fruitition despite the multi-decade timeline.

She said she understood the frustration involved and pledged to raise the issue with Minister Norma Foley.

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Concern over significant waiting times for orthodontic assessments in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD has voiced concerns over the significant waiting times experienced by some patients for orthodontic assessments in Galway.

Galway East TD Sean Canney has received confirmation from the HSE that individuals may have to wait for up to six months in emergency cases, while routinely it can take up to two years for an initial assessment.

According to figures released by the HSE, there are currently 1,321 patients awaiting an assessment in the city and county.

There are a further 1,845 individuals on the treatment waiting list – with waiting times for urgent cases taking up to one year, and up four and half years for routine cases.

Deputy Canney argues children who may need dental work are being treated unfairly and their confidence is being shattered.

He says the HSE and the Department of Health need to tackle the issue as a matter of urgency.

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Post-mortem exam following discovery of man’s body in Corrandulla area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A post-mortem examination is due to take place following the discovery of a man’s body in the Corrandulla area yesterday.

The body of a man in his 70s was found at around 11am on a local bog road following an extensive search of the area involving Gardai from Galway and Athenry, assisted by the Coastguard.

The man’s body was removed from the scene and taken to UHG for a post-mortem examination.

It’s understood no foul play is suspected.

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