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Claregalway bypass still on the agenda

Declan Tierney



Strenuous efforts to provide a bypass for the village of Claregalway are being undertaken by Galway County Council.

A senior official has informed the Connacht Tribune that every effort is being made to secure the funding for the inner relief road. Director of Services for Roads, Liam Gavin, said that the Council had not given up on the plan to provide a bypass for Claregalway.

In fact, he said that he was in constant contact with the Department of Transport with a view to securing the funding to progress the project.

Mr. Gavin said that it would cost in the region of €12 million and that this was cost-effective in terms of similar road projects that took place in other parts of the country.

He said that he was in constant contact with the Department of Transport and the National Roads Authority to ensure that the project is progressed.

“It is not something that has gone away. We are still in discussions to get the necessary finance to progress this project,” Mr Gavin confirmed.

Figures showing the projected usage of the new motorway from Tuam to Gort have prompted renewed calls for the Claregalway bypass to be proceeded with.

It is estimated that there are up to 30,000 vehicle movements through Claregalway each day which has made it into one of the country’s worst bottlenecks.

But there was some surprise when there were projections that just 7,200 vehicles are expected to use the new motorway between Tuam and Galway.

“This means that there will be still more than 20,000 vehicles passing through Claregalway,” observed Deputy Noel Grealish. “A bypass for the village is still required”.

And he accused politicians, past and present, of not supporting a bypass for Claregalway when there was a dire need for one.

Deputy Grealish said that some were convinced that the Gort to Tuam motorway was the ultimate bypass of Claregalway but now the figures suggested the contrary.

As it stands a route for the Claregalway inner relief road has been identified. Tens of thousands of euro has been spent on the design and route selection process.

However, Deputy Grealish has been informed by the Government that there is no further money available for this project.

It was understood by local residents that once the Gort to Tuam motorway got the go-ahead, that funding would be provided for the Claregalway inner relief road.

The project was ready to go to the compulsory purchase of land stage but this has now been aborted.


€46,000 Lotto winner comes forward as deadline looms




Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Knocknacarra winner of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus from the 12th of December has come forward to claim their prize, just two weeks before the claim deadline.

The winning ticket, which is worth €46,234, was sold at Clybaun Stores on the Clybaun Road on the day of the draw, one of two winners of the Lotto Match 5 + Bonus prize of €92,000.

A spokesperson for the National Lottery say we are now making arrangements for the lucky winner to make their claim in the coming days.

Meanwhile, the Lotto jackpot for tomorrow night (27th February) will roll to an estimated €5.5 million.

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Voice of ‘Big O’ reflects on four decades

Denise McNamara



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – The daytime voice of Big O Taxis is celebrating four decades in the role – and she has no plans to hang up her headset any time soon.

Roisin Freeney decided to seek a job after staying at home to mind her three children for over a decade. It was 1981 when she saw an advert in the Connacht Sentinel for a dispatch operator.

The native of Derry recalls that the queue for the job wound its way past Monroe’s Tavern from the taxi office on Dominick Street.

“There was a great shortage of work back then. I nearly had a heart attack when I saw the line of people. My then husband who was giving me a lift in never thought I’d get the job, he was driving on past and I said, let me off.

“I got it because I worked as a telephonist in the telephone exchange in Derry. But I was terrified starting off because I hadn’t been in the work system for so long.”

Back then Big O Taxis had only 25 drivers and just a single line for the public to book a cab.

“We had an old two-way radio, you had to speak to the driver and everybody could listen in. It was easy to leave the button pressed when it shouldn’t be pressed. People heard things they shouldn’t have – that’s for sure,” laughs Roisin.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of Róisín’s story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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Baby boom puts strain on Galway City secondary schools

Stephen Corrigan



From this week’s Galway City Tribune – A baby boom in the late 2000s has left parents of sixth class pupils in Galway City scrambling to find a secondary school place for their children next September – with over 100 children currently facing the prospect of rejection from city schools.

The Department of Education is now rushing to address the issue and confirmed to the Galway City Tribune this week that it was fully aware of increasing pressure and demand on city schools

Local councillor Martina O’Connor said there were 100 more children more than there were secondary school places for next year, and warned that this would put severe pressure on schools to increase their intake numbers.

“This will put a lot of pressure on schools because they will have been working out the number of teachers and what resources they would need in October or November last year and they could be facing a situation where they will be asked to take an additional eight or 10 students.

“There would normally be a small excess – maybe two or three – but this year, it’s over 100. There is a bigger number of children in sixth class this year and there will be the same issue for the next few years,” said the Green Party councillor.

A Department spokesperson said while there were capacity issues, factors other than numbers could be at play, adding that there were approximately 1,245 children in the city due to move onto secondary school in September.
This is a shortened preview version of this article. To read the rest of the story, see this week’s Galway City Tribune. You can buy a digital edition HERE.

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