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Construction to begin on 200 new homes in Barna in January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Construction on almost 200 new homes in Barna is expected to begin in January.
The development by Burkeway Homes will be located on an 18 acre site 500 metres from the village.
The €60m development will comprise a mix of four-bed detached, three and four-bed semi-detached, and two and three bed terrace homes.
The 18-acre site will also contain a number of two-bed townhouses and one, two and three-bed apartments – bringing the total number of units to 197.
For full details, tune into Galway Bay fm news at 10…

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Galway City Councillor calls for outdoor charges to be waived for Pubs and Restaurants when they reopen

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Galway City East Councillor has said that there must be no outdoor charges for Pubs and restaurants in Galway city that have outdoor furniture for twelve months when they eventually reopen.

Councillor Alan Cheevers believes that the local authority must do everything they can to support businesses to get back on their feet again and said that the government needs to support those businesses that have been seriously affected by Covid over the last twelve months.

Any pub or restaurant in the city that has outdoor furniture on their premises must pay a charge to Galway City council which varies according to the amount of outdoor furniture they have.

Councillor Cheevers said that these charges should be waived and for everything to be done to maintain jobs in this sector

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GMIT Announce Exciting programme of events to celebrate International Women’s Day

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – GMIT have announced an exciting programme of events to make International Women’s Day on Monday using the theme ‘Choose to challenge’.

International Women’s Day will celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women and is a collective day of global celebration and a call for gender equality.

GMIT is marking this special day with a series of virtual events running throughout the day from public talks and seminars to an art exhibition delivered by GMIT staff, students and special guests including a TD.

The series kicks off at 10.30am with a ‘Coffee break with poetry and prose’, where budding and established writers within GMIT will read some of their work. This is followed by a lunchtime seminar from 1 to 2pm where five 10-minute presentations will be given on contemporary and historical themes or figures relating to gender and equality.  The presentations will be delivered by lecturers and academics in the Mayo campus in a forum chaired by GMIT’s Dr John Mulloy.

An art exhibition titled ‘My Space’ will be formally launched online at 2.30pm.  Third year students of the BA in Contemporary Art Practices programme in GMIT Mayo are showcasing their work in progress.  The work will be introduced by art lecturer Hazel Walker and ranges from drawing, painting, print, 3D work, animation, and digital experiments, reflecting themes incorporating personal histories, physical, digital and metaphysical spaces, including domestic challenges encountered in dealing with day-to-day life during the pandemic. 

At 3pm, an online event takes place titled ‘In conversation with’ …. Mayo Deputy Rose Conway-Walsh, Dr Orla Flynnand BA Social Care student Amina Momoh will take part in a discussion about gender equality and challenges women face and overcome in different contexts.

The Galway International Hotel School is also hosting an event: Jacinta Dalton, Head of Department Culinary Arts, in association with Dr Sally McKenna and the Ludgate Hub will host a virtual “Women in Irish Food” event. This will consist of key panel discussions around industry topics and virtual networking parallel sessions for those in food or interested in food. Details will be published via @gmithotel social media on the day.

Mary Nestor, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at GMIT, says: “We are excited to hold such a broad range of events to mark this important day where the achievements of women are celebrated and given the recognition they deserve.  Challenges related to the pandemic have intensified inequalities for many women and it is important to create a forum to discuss and celebrate women’s contribution to society in a positive and affirmative way.”

Dr Orla Flynn, President of GMIT, says “I am delighted that two of our outstanding women who are exemplary leaders in their respective areas in our institute, Mary Rogers, Head of the GMIT Department of Building & Civil Engineering and Maria Staunton, GMIT Mayo iHub Manager and EMPOWER Coordinator, will feature in this year’s THEA International Women’s Day Digital Campaign, which will be unveiled on THEA’s website and on social media platforms on 8 March”.

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1 In 10 Admit Speeding Within The Past Month

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Almost one in ten Irish motorists have admitted to breaking the speed limit while driving within the past month, a recent survey has found.

In response to an AA Ireland survey of over 4,000 Irish motorists, 9.17% stated that they had broken the speed limit while driving on at least one occasion within the past month. A further 6.15% admitted to doing so within the past 6 months, with 9.88% saying they had broken the speed limit over a month ago but within the last year.

In total, the findings indicate that over a quarter (25.20%) of motorists admit to having broken the speed limit on one or more occasions in the past 12 months.


“We have a two-fold issue when it comes to speed in this country. First and foremost, not enough people have gotten the message that excess speeds greatly increase your risk of being involved in a collision and the potential severity of any crash you are involved in,” 
Conor Faughnan, AA Director of Consumer Affairs stated. “Secondly, there are many roads where the sign-posted speed limit is not in line with the road in question. Speed limits which are poorly set, whether that is a limit too high or too low, undermine confidence in the system as a whole and lead to some people deciding to disregard the limit in question.”

The survey also found that male drivers were more likely to have broken the speed limit in recent times, with 12.27% of men admitting to breaking the limit within the past month compared to 6.78% of women surveyed.

When expanded beyond the past month, a total of 29.50% of male drivers admitted to breaking the speed limit within the past – compared to 23.04% of female drivers.


“While certain demographics are more likely to at least admit to speeding, it’s not a behaviour that only certain age brackets or groups of motorists are guilty of – it’s a much broader issue than that.
” Faughnan added. “Our roads are generally quieter currently, so there may be a temptation to drive faster, but there are also more cyclists and pedestrians than ever before so we need to remember to keep our speed down in order to keep our roads safe for everyone.”

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