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Census confirms Galway’s heavy reliance on private cars

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The latest Census figures have confirmed Galway’s heavy reliance on private cars – with 70% of commuters travelling to work, school or college by car.
Almost 80,000 Galway residents use a car to get to their place of work or study – compared to just 10,500 who use public transport.
The Census has revealed that a mere 8,000 Galway residents travel to college, school or work on foot.
Less than 1,000 cycle to their place of work or study.
10,000 take the bus, while just 500 choose to commute by train.
Of the 116 thousand Galway commuters surveyed, the majority leave their home between 8.30 and 9am to get to work or college.
The average commute across Galway takes under 15 minutes – however, over 2,000 commuters spend over an hour and a half on the road.
In terms of traffic, the best time to set off for work or college in Galway is before 6.30am or after 9.30am.

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No increase to Local Property Tax in county next year

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GBFM News – There’ll be no increase to Local Property Tax for home-owners in the county next year.

The decision by councillors was taken at a meeting this afternoon – where they were urged by management to increase the rate by the maximum allowance of 15 percent.

It was argued it’s necessary to bring in an extra €2m to the local authority, which is struggling to make ends meet due to historical under-funding from central Government.

But councillors rejected the argument, saying it shouldn’t be on the ordinary person to make up the shortfall.

Councillor Joe Byrne also told David Nevin there’s no appetite for increasing the tax at a time when people are struggling.

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Do Not Consume Water notice for Spiddal area in place until next week

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- Irish Water say a Do Not Consume warning for people living in the Spiddal area of Galway will remain in place until next week.

The notice was first issued on September 16th due to increased levels of manganese in the supply and affects around 5,700 people.

The utility says they are currently flushing the Spiddal Public Water network and new samples will be taken early next week to determine if the water is safe to drink.

Officials are advising that boiling the water will not reduce the level of manganese and the water should not be consumed in any form.

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Galway school build first miniboat to set sail in South Atlantic

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From Galway Bay FM newsroom- A miniboat that was built and decorated by students in Scoil Bhride in Lackaigh has become the first-ever miniboat to set sail in the South Atlantic ocean.

Spiorad na Gaillimhe was deployed from a research vessel belonging to the Alfred-Wegener Institute as it sailed between Germany and South Africa.

It set off along with three other miniboats from Spain, Germany and South Africa, adding to the 18 Educational Passages boats that are currently sailing around the world’s oceans.

Speaking to Galway Talks, University of Galway’s Senior Oceanography Technician for Earth and Sciences Sheena Fennell explained the benefits of the project:

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