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City Councillors question low estimate to repair storm damaged areas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Some city councillors are questioning the preliminary estimate of 782 thousand euro to repair storm damaged areas in Galway, saying it’s too low

Described as an ‘Irish tsunami’ by Mayor Padraig Conneely, the recent severe weather damaged public buildings, footpaths, ramps and beaches.

At last evening’s meeting of the local authority, the city council, Gardaí and emergency services were praised for their valiant efforts during the storm.

However, Cllr Peter Keane said he was surprised at the city based cost of three quarters of a million euro after the county council put its repair estimate at 18 million.

He added that in relation to the council report on winter storms, it was heavy on fact but light on solutions, with no suggestions to help affected businesses.

Cllr Catherine Connolly also expressed surprise at the repairs estimate saying it was ‘simply a drop in the ocean’

Senior engineer Billy Dunne told the meeting the funding was intended to get the city back to where it was before Christmas.

The estimate does not include costs to repair Leisureland in Salthill, with preliminary indications that it could be in the region of 500 thousand euro.

Chairman of Leisureland Cllr Donal Lyons says this figure could change.

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Mairéad Farrell claims rural businesses discriminated against by energy support scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairéad Farrell is claiming small rural businesses are being discriminated against by a new scheme.

The Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme supports businesses with their energy bills but does not cover LPG gas or oil.

Deputy Farrell says many off-the-grid homes and businesses rely on LPG for energy access.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Mairéad Farrell says business owners should speak up on the impacts the exclusion is having.

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Claims Galway Ring Road case “defining moment” for national transport policy

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An engineering expert says the Galway Ring Road case is a “defining moment” for national transport policy.

Brian Caulfield is a Professor of Engineering at Trinity College Dublin.

He says this can be seen as a test case – which effectively puts public transport up against private transport.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

Speaking to Galway Talks, Professor Caulfield says he believes there needs to be massive investment in public transport outside Dublin.

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Galway registered over 2,000 new .ie websites in 2022

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 2,000 new .ie websites were registered by Galway organisations last year.

According to the .IE Domain Profile Report for 2022, Galway recorded the third highest level of such registrations.

Last year’s figures found there was an increase of almost 10 percent in .ie domain registered in Galway versus pre-pandemic.

Nationally, there were almost 50,000 new .ie domains registered, with around 10 percent of them in Connacht.

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