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Call for safety measures at fatal accident junction



A junction near Ballinasloe which claimed the life of a man last week has been described as a lethal crossing which has been the scene of many accidents in the past.

Gardai have confirmed that the junction at Nutfield Cross has had its share of accidents over the past decade.

Galway County Council have now been asked to provide measures at this junction in an effort to prevent further deaths occurring.

Last week a man in his 30s died after the car he was a passenger in collided with a second vehicle at the junction.

It is the main road from Ballinasloe town to Kilconnell and continues on to Ballyfa, Killtullagh and Athenry.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred at around 8.35pm just a few miles outside Ballinasloe.

The female driver was taken to Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe with serious injuries, according to Gardai.

The male and female occupants of the second car were taken to the same hospital, but their injuries were not life-threatening.

The scene was preserved while investigators performed an examination, and diversions were put in place. It has been the scene of numerous collisions.

Local councillor Aidan Donohue actually passed the junction just minutes after the collision happened. He had children in his car and it brought home to him the dangerous nature of this junction.

“I passed this junction within minutes of this accident happening and it brought home to me the dangers it poses for motorists.

“It is a straight crossroads and motorists coming from the minor roads often cross without looking. It is another fatal accident waiting to happen,” Cllr Donohue added.

He said that the ideal solution would be to put a staggered junction in place – similar to the junction at Cusson Cross between Tuam and Athenry which had been a major accident blackspot.

Cllr Donohue said that it was his understanding that accidents at this junction had dropped dramatically since the staggered junction was provided.

“That would be the ideal solution to the problem at Nutfield Cross but in the meantime I am looking for very visible signs to be erected to prevent motorists from engaging in dangerous manoeuvres.

“Quite simply, it is a lethal junction and eventually measures will have to be put in place to avoid any further deaths,” Cllr Donohue added.


Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill as event confirmed



Galway Bay fm newsroom – Car enthusiasts say they have “every right” to use Salthill this weekend as an event has been announced for Sunday.

It’s been confirmed by organisers on social media – who say they’re being unfairly portrayed in a negative light.

In a statement, the Galway Car Scene group say they pay road tax like all other road users – and they have “every right” to be in Salthill this weekend.

It comes as they’ve confirmed the event will be taking place there on Sunday as originally planned.

They add it’s unfair to accuse them of blocking up Salthill and other parts of the city given the chronic traffic issues every day of the week.

They’ve also created an online petition calling for a designated place for car enthusiasts to go – which has so far gathered almost 250 signatures.

It claims the car enthusiast community in Galway has been unfairly painted as a negative and anti-social group.

The group say they’re happy to go elsewhere, but say any time they try to find a venue they’re shut out.

The event planned for Sunday has encountered significant opposition, much of which is based on a previous “Salthill Sundays” event held in May.

Those opposed say they’re not against an event of this kind in principle – but they strongly feel that Salthill just isn’t the right venue.

It’s also argued that if the organisers want to be taken seriously, they have to engage with stakeholders like Galway City Council and Gardaí to ensure a well-planned and safe event.

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Cars down to one-way system on Salthill Promenade



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A one-way system of traffic may be introduced along the Promenade in Salthill to facilitate the introduction of temporary cycle lanes.

The suggestion appeared to come as a shock to some City Council members who supported the cycle lane in a vote last month – one has called for a “full discussion again” on what exactly they had actually approved.

Councillors had voted 17-1 in favour of the principle of providing a cycleway that will stretch from Grattan Road all along the Prom.

The motion that passed at the September meeting proposed that the Council “shall urgently seek” to create a two-way segregated cycle track on a temporary basis along the coastal side of the Prom.

It was agreed that from the Blackrock Tower junction to the Barna Road would be a one-way cycle track.

The motion was voted on without debate, which meant Council officials did not have an opportunity to question the proposal.

At a meeting on Monday, the debate was revisited when Uinsinn Finn, Director of Services for Transportation, indicated that a one-way traffic system would be introduced in Salthill to facilitate a two-way cycle lane from Grattan Road to Blackrock.

This could mean that the outbound lane of traffic, closest to the sea, could be closed to all traffic bar bikes.

Mr Finn said that he would have sought clarity at the previous meeting – if debate were allowed – about what was meant by ‘temporary’.

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Galway Christmas Market gets go-ahead for next month



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – It’s the first real sign of a restoration of normality in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors in the city – the return of the Christmas Market next month to Eyre Square.

This week, the City Council’s planning department gave the go-ahead for the outdoor retail and gourmet food ‘spread’ that has been part of the festive season in Galway since 2010.

The exception was last year when, like so many other public gatherings since the Covid crisis broke in March 2020, the event had to be cancelled because of public health concerns.

Christmas Market Organiser, Maria Moynihan Lee, Managing Director of Milestone Inventive, confirmed to the Galway City Tribune, that she had received official confirmation on Thursday from the City Council of the go-ahead being given for the event.

“This is really wonderful news for the city and especially so in terms of the retail and hospitality sectors. For every €1 spent at the market another €3 will be spent on the high street – this will be a real boost for Galway,” she said.

Maria Moynihan Lee confirmed that the market would have an earlier than usual start of Friday, November 12 and would run through until the Wednesday evening of December 22.

(Photo: Declan Colohan)

This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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