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Clarinbridge traffic calming scheme goes back to the drawing board

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A county councillor says members have been ‘talking in a vacuum’ about traffic calming projects for Clarinbridge and Claregalway, after it was revealed that there is no available funding.
The matter has been raised at Athenry Oranmore Municipal District level with Fine Gael councillor Peter Feeney saying both projects now appear to be in grave doubt.
The Clarinbridge scheme had been put on hold amid local concerns, and has been the subject of special meetings of Athenry/Oranmore area councillors, and a number of public gatherings.
Councillor Feeney’s comments followed a long sought private meeting with Transport Infrastructure Ireland earlier this month concerning the controversial traffic calming plan for Clarinbridge.
He said the TII told those in attendance that the fund to provide such works has been exhausted.
It’s understood the works had a tentative cost of between 300 and 400 thousand euro.
Independent councillor Jim Cuddy said it was a very disappointing outcome and queried if the matter could be taken up with the Department of Transport.
Fianna Fail councillor Martina Kinnane described the meeting with the TII as very productive.
However she described the Clarinbridge traffic calming plan as ‘like using a hammer to crack an egg’.
She argued it would have affected the viability of all the busineses in the area and the future development of Scoil Mhuire, adding that the plan would not have improved the safety of the people living in Stradbally North.

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UHG has country’s second highest number of patients on trolleys today

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- University Hospital Galway has the country’s second highest number of people waiting on trolleys today

University Hospital Cork is the most overcrowded with 70 patients waiting for a bed while 56 people are waiting for a bed in UHG

In Portiuncula Hospital there are 14 people waiting on trolleys

The latest Trolleywatch figures from the INMO show that nationally 529 patients are without a bed today

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HSE says it’s on track to deliver X-Ray services at Tuam Primary Care Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom- The HSE has confirmed it’s still on track to deliver X-Ray services at Tuam Primary Care Centre early next year.

A meeting of the Health Forum West this week heard it continues to work with a Public/Private Partnership Company with plans to commence works towards the end of the year.

All going well, the X-Ray and Diagnostics service will be operational by the second quarter of next year.

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Local TD fears end of COVID payment will accelerate its spread in workplaces

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A local TD fears that the ceasing of the COVID-19 illness payment will accelerate the spread of the virus in workplaces.

Roscommon/Galway TD Denis Naughton claims there are more than 4,000 people unable to work – after the special payment ended last Friday.

Deputy Naughton says it has resulted people receiving a disability payment from the Department of Social Protection instead.

He is calling for a proper treatment plan for long COVID and is expressing the following concerns:

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