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Call for action on flood defences for East and South Galway risk areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Households in South and East Galway need urgent funding to develop suitable flood defences to protect the areas from future severe weather incidents.

That’s according to Galway Senator Lorraine Higgins who raised the matter in the Seanad calling for a uniformed response from the various government agencies.

Senator Higgins said thousands of acres of farmland in the Shannon Callows area of East Galway were under water following severe storm flooding earlier this month.

She said 10 local roads in South Galway were also impassable with many homes under close threat of flood damage.

Speaking on behalf of Minister Brian Hayes, Minister Jan O’Sullivan said the government is addressing the flooding issues in these locations and has made significant funding available to Galway County Council to implement localised measures.

Minister O’ Sullivan said a flood study was carried out on the South Galway area in 1998.

A subsequent review carried out in 2011 recommended a number of structural and non-structural proposals.

A flood relief scheme is also to be developed for the Dunkellin area.

Senator Higgins said action is being bogged down by bureaucracy and said the matter must be expedited.

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Galway one of just three counties with no confirmed case of Monkeypox

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway is one of just three counties with no confirmed case of Monkeypox

That’s according to the latest report from HPSC.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre lists the county in a group alongside Mayo and Roscommon, with none of the three having a reported case.

In the most recently published weekly report, the HSPC confirms there have been 101 cases nationwide

To date, all cases are male, and have a median age of 36 years.

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Two Connemara beaches listed in top 15 wild swimming spots in UK and Ireland

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two of Connemara’s beaches are listed in the top 15 wild swimming spots across the UK and Ireland.

Trá an Dóilín in Carraroe came in at number six, while Dog’s Bay in Roundstone was named the 13th best out of the 800 waterways considered.

Six Irish beaches made the list, with Achill Island’s Keem Beach taking the crown.

To rank the beaches, reusable bottle company, Ocean Bottle, scraped water samples, cross-referenced their Google rating and number of reviews.

In a separate list of ‘hidden gems’, Aillebrack/Silverhill Beach was awarded the top spot.

While Gurteen Beach in Ervallagh and Trá na Reilige in An Cheathrú Rua also made the top 20 hidden gems list.

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West is first location for tourism initiative Slow Cabins

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The west is the first location in Ireland for new solar and rain-powered Slow Cabins.

The eco-cabins are set in a secret address on the west coast, with guests only given their exaction location in the days before their trip.

However those in Galway only have a short distance to travel according to Lisa Regan of SlowCabins.ie.

Sarah Slevin caught up with Lisa to find out more about the simple and peaceful getaways

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