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Call for government to prioritise beleaguered N59 in National Development Plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway city councillor is calling on the Government to prioritise the N59 Leenane to Galway city road in the National Development Plan due to be published this week. (16/2)
Councillor Niall McNelis says the N59 connects the heartlands of the Galway Gaeltacht to the rest of Ireland but has been described as one of the worst roads in Ireland.
The national road suffered further damage in recent months due to storm Eleanor.
The National Development Plan will be published on Friday in Sligo and will set out a framework for future public work at local, regional and national levels.
Cllr McNelis says that the road in its current state is having a detrimental effect on the Connemara tourist industry.
Meanwhile, Connemara area councillor Tom Healy says past mistakes made by the state must be rectified to allow an upgrade of the N59.
Issues with the designation of lands in the area as special protection areas have caused problems for residents and the local authority.
Cllr. Healy is calling on Transport Infrastructure Ireland and Galway County Council to begin a new planning process in order to advance the upgrade of the road.

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348 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 348 Covid-19 cases reported by the Department of Health.

41 people are in hospital with the virus – up 2 in 24 hours.

13 are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

It follows a warning that 90 percent of new Covid infections across the European Union by the end of August will be the Delta variant.

That’s according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.

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🎧 Galway TD claims “outdoor summer” too focused on take-over of public spaces for drinking

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says the Government’s “outdoor summer” has too much focus on the taking over of public spaces for the consumption of alcohol.

Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Catherine Connolly said there should have been a balanced reopening of all pubs and restaurants with capacity restrictions to ensure safety.

She was contributing to a debate on the need for clarity on the legality of drinking alcohol at tables outside pubs and restaurants.

It follows controversy over the fact Gardaí nationwide were told to use discretion when it comes to outdoor drinking and legal issues around licensing that have arisen.

In many cases, outlets now operating outdoor areas do not have a license to do so – in effect making the consumption of alcohol in these areas illegal.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin last evening accepted the situation is difficult for Gardaí and pledged that new laws will be brought forward shortly.

Deputy Connolly pointed out there are also bye-laws in Galway City that make public drinking illegal – which were not taken into consideration.

The issue was also debated by Galway West Deputy Eamon O’ Cuiv and Sinn Fein’s Louise O’ Reilly, who raised concerns over the lack of legal clarity over the situation.

Responding Minister Malcolm Noonan looked to be under pressure as both TD’s were thoroughly unimpressed with his responses.

However, addressing Deputy Catherine Connolly, Minister Noonan said the Goverment is increasing its promotion of what an outdoor summer means.

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Headford pupil takes top award at national poster competition

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Headford pupil has taken a top national award at this year’s Green Schools Irish Water Poster Competition.

The annual event focuses every year on a theme around water sustainability – and this year’s theme was “valuing water”.

Éilla Joyce, of Scoil Naomh Fursa in Claran, was declared the national winner of the Senior Primary category.

The third class pupil also won the Senior Primary category for the North Western region, for her poster “Every Drop is Important – Save our Thirsty World”.

Meanwhile, Lilou Schmid, who attends senior infants at St. Josephs National School in Woodford, was also named a regional winner in the Junior Primary category for the North West.

While 2nd year student Sofija Stolareustea of Merlin College in Doughiska was a regional winner in the Secondary category for the North West.

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