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City public meetings over plan for new housing at existing city estates

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Two public meetings are to take place this week to discuss plans to develop housing in infill sites at Corrib Park and Ballinfoile estates.
The plan would see nine houses built in three separate sites in Ballinfoile, and three two-bed bungalows at one infill site in Corrib Park.
Local councillor Mike Cubbard is to hold a public meeting at Ballinfoile centre tomorrow Tuesday at 7pm.
A further meeting will be held in Westside Community Centre on Thursday at 8.30pm.
It’s expected the plans will come before councillors for decision early next year.
Councillor Cubbard says public consultation is crucial to getting local residents on board with the proposed projects.

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Dental screenings in Galway primary schools down almost 90 percent last year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Public health dental screenings for primary school children across Galway dropped by 87% in 2020.

Figures released by the HSE to Sinn Fein Dublin Mid-West TD Mark Ward, show just 531 screenings were carried in the city and county last year – that’s down from 4,317 in 2019.

Nationwide dental screenings dropped by 63% on average, while the CHO2 area which covers counties Galway, Mayo and Roscommon was one of the worst effected with an average drop of 76%.

Roscommon/Galway TD Claire Kerrane is calling on the HSE to develop contingency plans to provide dental screening for children in primary school.

She argues that prior to COVID-19 the Irish Dental Association stated an increasing number of children were only being offered examination and dental care for the first time at sixth class and this situation has been exasperated by the impact of the pandemic.

The HSE has confirmed that many dental staff have been redeployed to testing and tracing as part of the COVID-19 response but that elective dental services have been gradually resuming.

Deputy Kerrane says the HSE could have hired applicants from the “Be on Call for Ireland” campaign as contact tracers instead….

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Status yellow wind warning issued for Galway on Wednesday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow wind warning has been issued for Galway – and will come into effect on Wednesday.

Met Eireann is warning that from Wednesday afternoon through Wednesday night, winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h.

Gusts will also range from 80 to 110km/h, and will be potentially even higher in exposed locations.

The warning will be in place from midday on Wednesday, to 6am on Thursday.

It affects counties Galway, Clare, Limerick, Kerry, Cork, Waterford and Wexford.

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Oranmore campaign group submits proposal for one-way system to Galway County Council

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A campaign group has submitted its proposal to Galway County Council for a trial of a one-way system in Oranmore.

The proposal aims to repurpose a key street in Oranmore village to create more space for walking, cycling, sitting, and shopping.

MÓR Action, a group of residents from the Oranmore-Maree area, have also launched an online petition which has gathered almost 1400 signatures (as of Mar 2).

Main Street from the roundabout at the bridge to the Castle Road entrance has been outlined by the group as its preferred choice as it’s argued it supports all the businesses in the village, not just those
at the centre.

The proposed trial would be for six months with references to other such initiatives in Cork where a trial is underway for the installation of parklets across the city and Dublin where a trial is examining the Strand Road cycle route.

The submission to the local authority concludes that the trial of a one-way system within Oranmore village would provide social, health and economic benefits to Oranmore village.

It adds it would enable the gathering of evidence-based data on travel and shopping practices in the village which can be used to inform future design and development.

The submission also argues it would help address the long-term problems of congestion and illegal parking and would position Oranmore to attract, and benefit from, cycle tourism to the area.

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