Galway Bay fm newsroom – City councillors have argued that the draft regional spatial and economic strategy for the Northern and Western Regional Assembly does not adequately reflect Galway as a regional growth centre.
Councillors held a workshop to discuss the draft this week ahead of the closing date for submissions this Friday.
While Sligo and Letterkenny got due recognition in the document, however the role of Galway as a key economic driver didn’t have the required recognition.
Galway, as the only city on the western seaboard, is the only city designated on the regional spatial and economic strategy.
The workshop also generated debate around city boundaries with a proposal put forward for an extension of the Metropolitan Area Strategic Plan to include Moycullen and Athenry.
It was also argued that Galway Harbour requires more emphasis in the document.
The submission concludes that the economic value and potential of the city needs to be further emphasised in the document.
Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.
The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.
Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.
Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.
Motorists are advised to expect some delays.
Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.
New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.
This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.
The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.
Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.
Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.
She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.
She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.
Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.