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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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283 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 283 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed by the Department of Health.

60 people are in hospital with the virus, down 7 in 24 hours.

23 are in ICU, which is unchanged over the same period.

There are no local figures to ongoing issues relating to the cyber-attack on the HSE.

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€1.3m funding to support live performances across Galway this summer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost €1.3m funding has been announced to support gigs and festivals in Galway this summer.

It’s as the Government has unveiled a national allocation of €25m under The Live Performance Support Scheme.

The largest allocation of almost €200 thousand will go to the Galway Comedy Festival, to support the staging of live shows.

A further €185 has been awarded to Strange Brew Limited, towards a series a concerts to be held in Galway, Dublin, Limerick and Cork, as well as three large outdoor events.

€182 thousand will go to popular west end venue the Róisín Dubh, for a series of live shows peformed at the venue and outdoor beer garden.

Clonbur-based Gemstone Business Consultants has been granted an allocation of €169 thousand for a number of live music performances over a weekend.

€132 thousand will support traditional live music events at the Black Gate at St. Francis Street – while a further €130 thousand has been awarded for live performances at Munroes Live.

City-based production company Milestone Inventive has been allocated €127 thousand for a number of outdoor performances of ‘Playboy of the Western World’.

€95 thousand has been granted to the well known Trad on the Prom show, while €64 thousand will support a Mike Denver plus guests sit down concert.

And just under €32 thousand will go to the CelloVision project, which blends live and pre-recorded music with unconventional video and imagery on stage.

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Local senators make strong contributions to Seanad debate on gender pay gap

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local Senators Aisling Dolan and Pauline O’ Reilly have given spirited speeches in the Seanad during a debate on the gender pay gap.

It’s as the house is debating new laws that would require companies to publish details of the gender pay gap in their organisation.

The measures would initially apply to businesses of more than 250 employees – and eventually to all companies employing 50 people or more.

Addressing Minister for Equality Roderic O’Gorman, Senator Aisling Dolan pointed out that the gender pay gap has been addressed in other EU countries:

Meanwhile, Senator Pauline O’ Reilly said we shouldn’t be relying on our justice system to vindicate the rights of women in the workplace:

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