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City council to grit areas near churches in advance of religious services

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Road conditions remain treacherous in many areas of the county this morning, with the East still the worst affected.
There are variations in storm impact across the country but drifting has blocked roads in some areas and some are partially passable.
Several roads around Loughrea, Gort and Ardrahan are impassable due to snow drifts while there’s compacted snow on sections of outside lanes on M6.
The R347 from Laragh to Coosaun Cross is barely passable.
Galway County Council says driving conditions will continue to be hazardous for some time, so continued caution will be needed.
Gardai in stations across the county and the National Emergency Co-Ordination Group advise only those working in essential services and those who have roles in getting the country back to normal should undertake journeys.
County council crews have been out since early morning and will continue to treat roads today expanding the treatment programme to more Regional and local roads and addressing localised road blockages.
This work will continue through the weekend.
In the city council crews have been clearing and gritting footpaths across the city since early this morning, although caution is still needed
The approaches to churches will be treated in advance of religious services this evening and tomorrow morning.
A council spokesperson says motorists and pedestrians should only undertake journeys if absolutely necessary, no matter how short.
A high tide concern just before 6 this morning the Docks, Spanish Arch, Claddagh and Salthill passed without incident
The high tides for this evening and tomorrow morning are being closely monitored.
The Aquadam at Fishmarket is partially inflated and roads crews will be on standby if needed.
The city council is working closely with Cope Galway in relation to getting rough sleepers into the Cold Weather service in Westside.
If anyone is aware of rough sleepers who may need a bed, please contact Cope at 1800 788887 or 085 8009641

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Seven Galway Gardaí injured after assaults while on duty last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Seven Gardaí in the Galway division were injured after being assaulted while on duty last year.

243 Gardaí nationwide received injuries while on duty in 2021.

According to freedom of information figures, it’s a 9% increase on 2020.

223 Gardaí got occupational injuries after being assaulted in 2020 – rising to 243 in 2021.

Of last year’s figures, 22 involved bone fractures or dislocations, and 15 were open wounds.

Four members received multiple injuries, which were serious.

Criminal barrister and Fine Gael senator, Barry Ward, says a Bill is currently going through the Oireachtas to address the issue.

58 of last year’s assaults were in Dublin, with 27 in Cork, 17 in Tipperary, and 16 in Limerick.

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855 new residential address points added in Galway last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 855 new residential address points were added in Galway last year.

The latest report from GeoDirectory also shows a further 853 residential buildings were under construction in the county in the final quarter of 2021.

The number of new home addresses registered nationwide last year fell by 17 percent.

Almost half of the total of new addresses were found in the Greater Dublin Area, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow.

The average residential property price in county Galway was €270,671 in the twelve months to October, with a total of 2,056 transactions taking place.

The highest average residential property price in Galway City was at €312,462.

CEO of GeoDirectory, Dara Keogh, says a national reduction in new homes registrations was expected...

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Roscommon Galway TD says 2030 emissions target for agriculture unlikely to be achieved

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Roscommon/Galway TD says the 2030 target to reduce emissions in the agriculture sector is unlikely to be achieved.

An Oireachtas committee will today hear agriculture won’t meet its emissions targets without new technology.

The Department of Agriculture will say new farming methods are needed – and they’re currently not in the marketplace.

The sector is supposed to reduce its emissions by between 22 and 30 per cent by 2030.

Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice doesn’t think the target will be reached in that time frame…

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