Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city councillor believes it’s vital that the CEOs of both of Galway’s local authorities come out with a strong statement tomorrow on Galway 2020.
It’s as a meeting to set to take place with a number of cultural organisations to discuss a range of concerns, including funding cuts, delays and issues surrounding communications.
Councillor Mike Cubbard believes greater communication is crucial to moving the project forward in a positive direction.
He says while he’s slow to say the Galway 2020 project is failing, it does need significant work – but he’s confident that work can be done over the next 12 months.
Councillor Cubbard says Galway is more than capable of pulling off a huge spectacle.
Meanwhile, Councillor Pearce Flannery – who previously sat on the board of Galway 2020 as Mayor – believes recent high-profile departures are not necessarily a bad thing.
He says the newly appointed CEO will drive forward a newly invigorated project – and believes it’s a good week for Galway 2020.
Councillor Flannery is confident significant work will be done in the coming weeks to dispel a lot of the recent negative coverage.
Portumna native Minister says proposed redevelopment of harbour will transform town
Junior Minister and Portumna native, Anne Rabbitte, says the proposed major redevelopment of a well-known harbour will transform the town as a tourist attraction.
Connaught Harbour is located just across the bridge into Portumna from the Tipperary side of the border, behind the Emerald Star/Le Boat premises.
It’s set to be significantly overhauled as part of a new masterplan for the River Shannon, which has been published today.
The masterplan sets out to invest more than €70 million in visitor facilities in the Shannon river region by 2030 and aims to boost visitor numbers by 400,000 over the next 9 years.
Works at Connaught Harbour will include additional mooring berths, picnic areas, extra car parking, considerable visual upgrades and a new cycling and walking trail into Portumna.
Fianna Fail Minister Rabbitte says the works will help realise the full potential of Portumna as a place to visit – to hear an extended interview on this, tune in to FYI Galway@5
Plans progressing for new audiology testing centre in Tuam
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans are progressing to develop a new audiology testing centre in Tuam.
Galway East TD Sean Canney has received confirmation from the HSE that a local audiology service, including a specialist audiology testing facility, is being designed for the Tuam primary care centre.
It comes as currently patients must travel to Sea Road in the city for audiology services.
Deputy Canney says this latest announcement by the HSE reaffirms the potential of the Tuam primary care centre to deliver servcies locally….
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Galway’s five day COVID-19 rate still significantly higher than neighbouring counties in West
The five day COVID-19 case average in Galway is reducing but is still significantly higher than neigbouring counties in the West.
Galway’s 5-day average stands at 39, while Mayo has a rate of 17 and Roscommon has a rate of 7.
The 14 day infection rate in Galway stands at 258, while the rate in Mayo stands at 232 and 114 in Roscommon.
Director of Public Health for the HSE West Dr. Breda Smyth says the rollout of vaccines and the gradual reopening of schools is providing some much needed hope.
However she has appealed to parents across the city and county not to congregate at school gates at drop off or collection and to wear a face covering.
Dr. Smyth says restrictions cannot be eased further until daily case numbers in Galway and other counties are reducing further – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…