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Connemara Greenway still in with chance of funding according to Minister

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Minister of State at the Department of Transport Alan Kelly says he will prioritise funding for greenways across the country in the coming weeks.

An Bord Pleanala approved the Connemara Greenway project in March subject to nine conditions, and the county council is now liaising with affected landowners.

If permissive access agreements proceed, the local authority hopes to start construction on the greenway from Clifden to Derrylea as a first phase.

Funding of 9.2 million euro will be required and an application has gone to Failte Ireland.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm news Minister Alan Kelly says he will be finalising decisions on greenways in the coming weeks.

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Continued increase in numbers of Covid patients in ICU at UHG

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s been a continued increase in the number of Covid-19 patients who are being treated in ICU at University Hospital Galway.

There are now 18 people in intensive care at the city hospital, up from 17 yesterday.

It comes as management at UHG is preparing to enter Level 4 of their ICU escalation plan due to growing demands on the unit.

However, the overall number of patients being treated for the virus has dropped, now standing at 120, compared to 133 yesterday.

Meanwhile, 11 patients are being treated for Covid-19 at Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, unchanged from yesterday.

Nationally, 1,969 people with Covid-19 are receiving treatment in Irish hospitals today – an increase for the second day in a row.

HSE CEO Paul Reid says the disease will only stop spreading within hospitals once its halted in the community.

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Average age of Covid-19 cases in Galway remains lowest nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The average age of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Galway remains the lowest nationwide.

The figure is unchanged from last week at 31 years of age – followed by Sligo at 33, and Kerry at 35.

However, the age profile has increased significantly in recent weeks.

Shortly before Christmas, the average age of confirmed cases in Galway was just 26.

The latest figures show that Galway has an incidence rate of 1,017 per 100 thousand – and recorded 2,624 new cases over the past 14 days.

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Local authorities urged to work with bus firms on Park and Ride at Galway Airport

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s local authorities are being urged to work with local bus companies on establishing a park and ride facility at Galway Airport.

Councillor Alan Cheevers says with the proper infrastructure and bus lanes from the airport to the city, it would be the prime location for such a facility.

It comes as the matter was discussed at a recent meeting of the city council, which heard that a dedicated unit has been established within the National Transport Authority to examine Park and Ride for Galway.

It’ll explore options for Park and Ride facilities to the east, west, and north-west of the city.

Councillor Cheevers argues the 115 acre Galway Airport site – which is jointly owned by the city and county council – should be the only option under consideration for the east side.

He says proposals should be invited from local bus companies who would be interested in collaborating on the project.

Fianna Fail Councillor Cheevers says it’s been vacant far too long and it’s time to make use of it – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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