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Consultants procured to progress section of controversial N59 upgrade

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Consultants have been procured to progress a section of the N59 between Maam and Oughterard.
The controverial road project which has been subject to two public hearings was raised in the Seanad this week by Galway Sinn Fein Seator Trevor O’Clochartaigh.
Speaking on behalf of Minister Leo Varadkar, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said the 10 kilometre section between Bunakill and Claremount is now being progressed to design stage.
The original N59 upgrade had consisted of 44 kilometres along the existing road, however due to environmental issues, the scheme was divided into two in 2012.
These consisted of Maam to Oughterard and Maam to Clifden.
The Maam to Oughterard section was approved by An Bord Pleanála last December and had been subject to two public hearings.
It’s hoped plans for the Maam to Clifden section will be submitted to An Bord Pleanála in July.
Speaking in the Seanad, Minister Ring said a section from Bunakill and Claremount will now be progressed.

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HSE Notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The HSE has today been notified of 1,335 confirmed cases of Covid-19.

This is an increase of 172 on yesterday’s figure.

The five-day moving average of cases stands at 1,305.

282 COVID-19 patients are in hospital this morning with the virus – a decrease of 15 in the last 24 hours.

65 Covid patients are in ICU.

The decrease in figures is also shown in figures for Galway University Hospital.

As of 8pm yesterday evening, there are 11 receiving treatment with 4 in ICU, the same as 24 hours previously.

In Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe, there are 2 receiving treatment, an increase of 1 on the day previously.

There is also 1 in ICU, also an increase of 1 on 8pm on Thursday.

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The Minister for Health has announced the removal of all States from the Mandatory Hotel Quarantine list.

Six South American countries were the last nations left on the list.

Over 10,000 people entered Mandatory Hotel Quarantine – which was introduced in March.

Travellers into Ireland must still abide by the relevant travel regulations including the need for a PCR test if they’re not vaccinated.

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Ballinasloe Fair Co-ordinating group officially cancel this year’s events.

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Ballinasloe Fair co-ordinating group have made the decision in the interest of public health and safety to officially cancel this year’s events.

The overall co-ordinating group plan to meet at the end of the year to make plans for 2022 and to celebrate this year’s anniversary.

In a statement released this afternoon, The coordinating committee said they would like to thank the local community, sponsors and all the associations involved for their ongoing commitment and support.

They added that they looked forward to welcoming all participants and visitors to Ballinasloe Fair and festival in 2022 for the 300th anniversary.

The statement concludes by saying that no parking is permitted in the Fair Green area or its environs.

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Irish Independent reveals five Galway TD’s have assets over 1 million euro

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Irish Independent has revealed that Five Galway TD’s have assets worth over 1 Million Euro.

The Rich List, published in today’s paper, has found there’s 68 TDs with assets to the value of a million or more.

The five are, In Galway West Eamon O’Cuiv and Noel Grealish, In Galway East Sean Canney and Ciaran Cannon and in Roscommon/Galway Denis Naughten.

The newspaper’s Political Rich List, is based on a detailed examination of the value of their properties, land, businesses, shareholdings and pensions.

Independent TD Michael Lowry tops the list, with assets estimated to be worth over 7 million euro.

The project also revealed that one-quarter of the 160 TDs in the Dáil are landowners or property investors, with some renting up to four properties.

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