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City Council to press on with wastewater treatment upgrade

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Galway bay fm news – Galway city council is to carry out major upgrade works on wastewater infrastructure after a Government cash injection.

The Department of environment has allocated 4.6 million to the local authority for upgrade works, which will remove four overflows and reduce spill frequencies.

It will involve the laying of around 2.4 kilometres of new sewer pipelines in the city, and the construction of 3 new storage tanks.

It’s part of a 20 million project to upgrade the system and monies will continue to be allocated in the coming years.

Galway West TD Sean Kyne says the investment will help ensure that discharges into rivers, lakes and coastal water meet the highest international standards

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Local authorities urged to work with bus firms on Park and Ride at Galway Airport

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s local authorities are being urged to work with local bus companies on establishing a park and ride facility at Galway Airport.

Councillor Alan Cheevers says with the proper infrastructure and bus lanes from the airport to the city, it would be the prime location for such a facility.

It comes as the matter was discussed at a recent meeting of the city council, which heard that a dedicated unit has been established within the National Transport Authority to examine Park and Ride for Galway.

It’ll explore options for Park and Ride facilities to the east, west, and north-west of the city.

Councillor Cheevers argues the 115 acre Galway Airport site – which is jointly owned by the city and county council – should be the only option under consideration for the east side.

He says proposals should be invited from local bus companies who would be interested in collaborating on the project.

Fianna Fail Councillor Cheevers says it’s been vacant far too long and it’s time to make use of it – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Local TD raises concern over high levels of Covid-19 infection in hospitals

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Roscommon-Galway Deputy Denis Naughten has raised concerns over high infection rates of Covid-19 in hospitals nationwide.

He says hospitals have consistently been to the fore regarding new outbreak figures – yet there is still no serial testing being carried out.

He says a new report from the HSE shows there is a six times higher rate of Covid-19 exposure in our hospitals than in the local community.

He’s also pointed to the fact that the report found there were some staff at UHG with Covid-19 that were unaware they had the virus and were still working.

Deputy Naughten raised the matter in the Dáil yesterday, where Tanaiste Leo Varadkar confirmed that 1 in 3 patients with Covid-19 contracted the virus while in hospital.

Deputy Naughten also argues that it makes no sense that regular testing is being carried out at meat plants, but not at our hospitals.

Speaking to Keith Finnegan, Independent Deputy Naughten said a co-ordinated national plan is urgently needed…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Over €1m to support disabled students and mental health services at NUIG and GMIT

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – More than €1m in funding has been allocated to NUI Galway and GMIT to support students with disabilities and mental-health difficulties.

The money will be used for the development of infrastructure and services at both institutes to ensure greater inclusion and access.

€518 thousand will go towards works at GMIT, while a further €506 thousand has been allocated to NUI Galway.

Galway West TD and Junior Minister Hildegarde Naughton says the funding will affect modest changes, that will make a huge difference to the lives of many students.

Fine Gael Minister Naughton outlines some of the projects the funding will support…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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