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Connemara councillors hit out at proposed speed limit review

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Plans to introduce reduced speed limits on various sections of Connemara’s road network have been met with strong opposition from local area representatives.
The speed limit review would include a reduction in speed limits from 100 to 80 kilometres per hour on the approach to Leenane from Mayo, and on the road from Clifden to Oughterard.
The changes are being introduced on roads which are deemed to be too narrow or bendy, and in areas where the accident rate is higher than the national average.
The proposals led by the TII were presented to members of Connemara Muncipal District where Fine Gael councillor Eileen Mannion argued this was a cheap solution for TII instead of upgrading the road.
She received support for her motion to ask the TII to carry out vital realignments and upgrade works on the road rather than reducing speed limits.
Councillor Mannion said roads in Connemara are in vital need of works and reducing speed limits is not the right approach.
The N59 Action Group argues the proposal to reduce the speed limit on a large section of the Galway to Clifden road is “another insult to the people of Connemara”.
Spokesperson Seosamh O’Cuaig says a proper road is the only answer.

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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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