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Call to prioritise Oughterard footbridge ahead of longer-term roadbridge plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls to prioritise a footbridge for Oughterard, as work begins on environmental reports to progress the longer-term road bridge plan.
It comes as Transport Infrastructure Ireland has sanctioned funding to progress a Natura Impact Statement and an Environmental Impact Assessment for a new roadbridge with associated pedestrain facilities.
The reports are required due to the presence of freshwater pearl mussel and other natural heritage in the Owenriff river.
Galway West Fianna Fail TD Eamon O’Cuiv says the wider roadbridge project will take some time due to the environmental complexities.
He’s calling for a pedestrian bridge to be advanced in the meantime to address the serious safety hazard faced by pedestrians.
The Fianna Fail deputy says hundreds of school children cross the bridge on a daily basis on a structure which barely accommodates two passing cars.
He says the footbridge is needed in the short-term, as wider plans for a new roadbridge will carry a significant timeline.

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TD Mairéad Farrell calls for an election in place of planned Taoiseach handover

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Mairéad Farrell is calling for an election, instead of the planned handover between Michael Martin and Leo Varadkar.

On December 17th, Tánaiste Leo Varadkar will return to the Taoiseach position, taking over from Micheal Martin, as part of the planned cabinet reshuffle.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell says she thinks voters need to have their say:

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Enquiries ongoing following road collision in Claregalway last night

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí attended to a road traffic collision in Claregalway last night at around 10.15pm.

A car collided with a wall on the Tuam Road.

The driver received non-serious injuries and was attended to by ambulance.

Enquiries are ongoing.

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103 Galway residents to receive Irish Citizenship this week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 103 Galway residents will become Irish citizens today.

Nationwide, 3,500 people from 130 countries will receive their certificates of naturalisation in Killarney over the next two days.

Junior Minister at the Department of Justice James Browne says it will give them rights and legal protections.

He says people from other nations who’ll become Irish citizens will contribute to Ireland:

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