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City Manager urged to provide detailed report on storm damage

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – City Manager Brendan McGrath is being urged to provide a written report on the level of storm damage caused to the city over recent weeks.

City Cllr Catherine Connolly says the damage must be assessed in detail so that the necessary government assistance can be sought.

She has asked that a report be furnished to Cllrs at this month’s meeting of the local authority to address the current crisis situation.

Two Garda cars are on duty at the promenade in Spiddal as waves about 20 feet high throw rocks and debris onto the road.

Motorists and pedestrians are advised to stay away from coastal areas until the high winds and waves subside.

There are winds of up to 120 kilometres per hour in places – and an Orange weather warning is in place.

Spiddal local Pádraig Keady is at the pier and says it’s a highly dangerous situation with debris being thrown onto the public road.

The Promenade in Salthill from Blackrock to Grattan road has been closed by the City Council.

Spokesperson for City Hall Gary McMahon says high tide earlier caused some flooding in Salthill.

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Macnas to welcome special visitor over Halloween

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- Galway is set to welcome a unique visitor over the Halloween weekend.

Macnas have announced that they are expecting the giant CON MÓR to emerge from the River Corrib.

Giant expert Marjorie Morrigan identified CON MÓR, a member of the Irish legends, Tuatha Dé Danann, as originating from an Island of Giants off the coast of Connaught.

CON MÓR was known to love all things nature, especially birds. Spectators are encouraged to bring feathers for CON MÓR when going to see him.

Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of Macnas, tells us what we can expect from the giant,

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First block laid in expansion at Western Alzheimers Respite Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The first block has been laid today on a major multi-million euro expansion at the Western Alzheimers Centre in Ballindine.

The new complex will increase the number of beds from 12 to 20, and provide improve communal resident and visitor areas.

David Nevin has more.

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HSE considering new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The HSE has expressed interest in creating new entrances to Merlin Park Hospital.

The matter was raised at a meeting of the Health Forum West by Councillor Declan McDonnell, who queried if it was under active consideration.

The HSE executive confirmed it was something they are mindful of, noting a particular need for a lighted junction as the hospital gets busier.

Councillor McDonnell feels it’s something that’s needed sooner rather than later.

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