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Call for more effective marketing of city park ‘n’ ride facility

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The future of the park ‘n’ ride facility from Carnmore into the city depends on it being marketed better.

That’s according to Councillor Ollie Crowe, who described it as a ‘fiasco’ at this week’s meeting of the City Council.

The service operates from Galway Airport into the city from 7.20 each morning, with buses running every 20 minutes at peak times, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

While the service proved very popular on the day of the Galway v Mayo match at Pearse Stadium, there has been a poor uptake since then.

Director of Services, Ciarán Hayes, said that the figures are disappointing and that the marketing budget had not been spent yet.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Councillor Ollie Crowe says he feels it’s a good service, but it needs better marketing.

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1154 New Cases Of Covid 19 Confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has today been notified of 1,154 confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

As of 8am today, 297 COVID-19 patients are hospitalised, of which 63 are in ICU. 

The five-day moving average is 1,327.  

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Water Treatment Plants Across Galway To Be Audited As Part of Nationwide Inspection

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Every water treatment plant in Galway and across the country is to be audited after unsafe drinking water entered the supply in the South East last month.

52 people became ill after drinking contaminated water that came from a plant in Gorey, Co Wexford, while a plant in Ballymore Eustace, which services part of Dublin, produced unsafe water for 10 hours one day last month.

An Forum Uisce says Irish Water’s delays in informing the EPA and HSE are unacceptable and clearly put the public at risk.

The Minister with responsibility for Irish Water Daragh O’Brien says the audits will start today.

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More Community Care Leads to Decrease In Waiting Times For Galway Heart Patients

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From the Galway Bay FM Newsroom: Increased community-based care has led to shorter waiting times for cardiac appointments in Galway.

The Saolta Hospital Group says waiting lists for appointments have reduced from 6 months to 6 weeks.

In the past 7 months, more than 1-thousand people have undergone diagnostic tests through community-based services Galway University Hospitals are running with Primary Care Centres in Tuam, Gort, Claremorris and Galway City.

The new care model is also reported to be reducing pressure on hospital services such as in Outpatient and Emergency Departments.

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