Galway Bay fm newsroom – The contract for the new M17/M18 motorway between Gort and Tuam will be signed this week.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has confirmed that negotiations are complete, and the contract signing signals the beginning of what he calls a ‘vital project.
Direct Route, the contracting consortium for the new motorway, includes three Irish companies- Roadbridge, John Sisk, and Lagan Construction.
The Department of Public Expenditure made a commitment of 20 million euro last year as an initial deposit to get negotiations underway.
Transport Minister Leo Varadkar has confirmed that there will be no tolls on the route, which will take up to three years to complete and should open to traffic in 2017.
Minister Cannon says the Public Private Partnership project will make the West an even more attractive location for investment and job creation.
Galway Minister believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Minister Anne Rabbitte believes special schools should be facilitated to reopen as soon as possible.
Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte says they must reopen so parents have the choice as to whether they want to send their children back to school or not.
It comes as the re-opening of schools for students with special needs on Thursday is in doubt after a teaching union said it has “grave safety concerns”.
There are calls on the Education Minister Norma Foley to now produce an appropriate education plan for children with special needs.
Talks are to continue today ahead of the proposed re-opening of schools on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Minister Rabbitte told Galway Talks she will contact the Health Minister to find out where teachers will be placed on the vaccination schedule.
Health Minister announces funding for Galway Hospice
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Health Minister has announced that Galway Hospice is to benefit from a new annual fund of almost €11m to be shared among nine facilities nationwide.
Minister Stephen Donnelly says the funding is designed to take account of the potential impact of the loss of fundraising income during the COVID-19 pandemic.
He further says it’ll also ensure when such activity is able to resume, it can be used to enhance and improve services rather than just fund core services.
The newly announced annual fund of €10.8m for nine facilities nationwide will be made in addition to existing funding for the voluntary hospice sector.
Those set to benefit are Galway Hospice, North West Hospice in Sligo, Milford Care Centre in Limerick, Marymount Hospice in Cork, St Francis Hospice in Raheny and Blanchardstown and Our Lady’s Hospice in Harold’s Cross, Blackrock and Wicklow.
City Council agrees Part 8 planning for partial redesign of city museum
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway City Council has agreed to proceed with a Part 8 planning application for a partial redesign of the Galway City Museum.
The report on the proposed changes was presented to council members at the Local Authority’s plenary meeting last evening.
The alterations to the existing museum building would form part of the overall design for the new Galway City Museum which was awarded €10 million in Government funding last year.
The proposed remodelling would include alterations to the north-eastern facade to add a new exit door, new steps and a lift.
The plan also seeks to remodel the service access doors and add new display window wrapping around the corner onto the north-west wall to Spanish Parade.
Permission is also being sought to relocate an ESB substation, a gas metre and to create a new bin enclosure.
Several Councillors sought clarifications in relation to the relocation of the ESB substation and the issue of charging visitors for entry to the new museum.
City Planner Peter Staunton told the meeting that new location for the ESB unit had been carefully considered, that the proposal represents the best possible option and that the planned design would reduce the visual impact on passersby.
Meanwhile, Director of Services for Economic Development Brian Barrett told Councillors that extensive research is being conducted on how best to apply an entrance fee but added that it is the Council’s intention that residents of Galway city and county will be able to visit the redeveloped museum free of charge.
A motion to proceed with the planning application was proposed by Fianna Fail Councillor Mike Crowe, seconded by Independent Declan McDonnell and carried unanimously by all councillors present at this week’s meeting.