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Consultants sought to progess Outer City Bypass

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The first steps towards an alternative way of getting an outer city bypass for Galway have been taken.

The County Council has advertised the tenders for consultants to plan the 24 kilometre bypass through the IROPI process.

The consultancy services required are civil engineering, enviornmental engineering and health and safety.

The Council has appointed habitat mapping consultants in the last 3 weeks, who will carry out work on the scheme over the summer.

Minister for Transport, Leo Varadkar lifted the embargo on spending for the project, which has allowed some work to proceed saying that the benefit -to-cost ratio of the bypass would be 6 to 1.

Last month the European Court of Justice ruled on an aspect of the proposal for the bypass in relation to the Habitats Directive, referring it back to the Supreme Court here.

Speaking to Galway Bay fm News, Galway West T.D Seán Kyne, says that a lot of the fundamental work has already been done through the original planning process.

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City Council votes to take roads at Doughiska estate in charge

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to take two roads at a Doughiska estate in charge.

Councillors have voted unanimously in favour of taking over the management of the roads at Fionnuisce.

It comes as last year an application calling for the City Council to takeover the roads was made by the Local Authority on behalf of residents from the estate.

The City Council has confirmed that 61% of residents voted in favour of the proposal, while 10 submissions were made on the plan – one by a residents group, one by a local elected representative and eight by local residents – all in favour of the proposal.

With the agreement by Councillors, the Local Authority will now manage almost 400 metres of road space, including open public spaces, within the Fionnuisce estate.

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Walk-in vaccination centres to open at Ballybrit and Clifden this weekend

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Walk-in vaccination centres are to be in operation in Ballybrit and Clifden from this weekend.

The HSE has revealed the details of the locations of all the walk-in vaccination centres on their website.

The Clifden satellite vaccination base will be open for walk-ins at Clifden Community School and the Galway Racecourse base will also take walk-ins.

A number will open nationwide this weekend for those over the age of 16.

It comes as 70% of the adult population is now fully vaccinated against Covid 19 and 85 per cent have received their first dose.

Health Minister, Stephen Donnelly, says those attending do not need an appointment.

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Continued drop in number of Galway PUP claimants

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Over 500 less Galway claimants received the pandemic unemployment payment this week.

The number of people on the State support nationally has dropped below 200,000 for the first time.

192 thousand people are due to get it this week – the lowest number since it was introduced in March 2020.

10,159 people will receive the payment in Galway.

Economics lecturer in UCC, Seamus Coffey, says the economy is recovering well.

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