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Connemara Greenway to be officially launched tomorrow

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Connemara Greenway will be officially launched tomorrow morning.
Galway County Council has been working on a section of the project from Cloonbeg to Athry over the past two years.
It’s part of a larger plan to create a greenway running from Galway to Clifden, which campaigners believe will generate almost €40m for the local economy once completed.

The master plan for the Connemara Greenway is to develop a 76km route stretching from the heart of Galway City out towards Clifden, following the path of the old rail line.
In 2016, Failte Ireland granted one million euro towards the development of the long proposed amenity.
This funding, alongside co-operation from local land owners, has led to the completion of a 6km section between Cloonbeg and Athry.
It runs adjacent to Ballynahinch Castle and Ballinafad graveyard.
It’ll be officially launched by County Cathaoirleach Eileen Mannion at Recess tomorrow morning at 10.
Meanwhile, planning was recently granted for the development of the Greenway between Clifden and Oughterard.
However, the Galway to Moycullen section of the project remains stalled despite the availability of 2 million euro in funding.
Campaigners believe once fully completed, in its first year the Connemara Greenway could generate 36 million euro for the local economy, attract half a million visitors and create hundreds of jobs in the region.

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Status yellow snow and ice warning issued for Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Galway.

Met Eireann has issued the alert for Galway, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo which will be in effect today until 7am tomorrow.

Wintry showers are forecast today and overnight with falls of hail, sleet and snow.

Icy stretches and accumulations of snow are expected in some areas.

Alan O’Reilly from Carlow Weather says it’ll feel significantly colder over the next two days.

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Almost 1,000 women in Galway reported domestic abuse over last four years

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Almost 1,000 women in Galway reported domestic abuse between 2016 and November 2020.

That’s according to figures released to Dublin Sinn Féin TD Mark Ward in repsonse to palimentary question.

The figures detail the number of unique persons per year that were recorded as the ‘injured party’ of a domestic abuse incident.

In Galway 282 men reported domestic abuse over the four year period as well as 971 women.

Close to 7,500 individuals nationally contacted Gardaí about suffering domestic abuse last year – that’s up from 4,755 in 2016.

The graph indicates that the figures for females rose steadily each year.

Sinn Fein Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says victims of gender-based violence must be supported.

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Department officials to meet Galway Oireachtas members over plan for new building for Scoil Chaitríona in Renmore

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Officials from the Department of Education will meet Galway West Oireachtas members next week to discuss the long running call for a new school building for Scoil Chaitríona in Renmore.

The city school’s campaign was brought before the Seanad this week where Galway Senator Seán Kyne said the 50 year old building is no longer fit for purpose.

The co-educational school is divided into a junior primary and senior primary catering for almost 800 students and 70 staff.

It was built in the 1970s with the single storey structure now experiencing heat retention issues as well as capacity issues.

Senator Kyne told the Seanad progress on a new build has been ‘stubbornly slow’ with concerns around the site possibly being too small.

The Fine Gael Senator said Galway City Council is open to discussing the use of available green space adjacent to the school which could provide a solution.

Education Minister Norma Foley said all options are being explored with the size of the school site creating a concern.

She said the project is a priority and a meeting has been scheduled with department officials and Galway Oireachtas members next week in a bid to progress the issue.

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