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Contractor appointed to replace old watermain in Clifden

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A contractor has now been appointed to replace an old watermain in Clifden following a long running campaign by concerned local residents.
Residents in the Tullyvogheen and Cúirt Cregg estates have been calling on Irish Water to address ongoing concerns regarding water discolouration and possible contamination.
In June, the EPA requested a timetable from Irish Water for the replacement of the mains concerned along the Galway road.
Irish Water says the design work has been carried out by Galway County Council.
The site investigation will be carried out in the coming weeks.
Construction of the watermain will commence in September.

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Details of preferred route corridor for Athlone – Galway Greenway emerge

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

The preferred route corridor for the Athlone to Galway Greenway has been finalised by the Ballinasloe based project team.

Ahead of tomorrow’s planned formal announcement, Galway Bay FM news has learned that Red Route 5, which will pass through South and East Galway, has emerged as the preferred route.

As the final leg of a national Greenway connecting Dublin to Galway, a number of towns and villages will be featured on Route 5 including Ballinasloe, Portumna, Gort, Kinvara, Clarinbridge, Oranmore and Ballyloughane Beach, before reaching Galway city.

The decision follows an extensive public consultation process and a large number of meetings with landowners.

The five routes which were being considered varied from a straight line approach between Athlone and Galway City, to looping routes which take in large parts of the north east or south east of the county.

A local councillor has expressed her disappointment that the preferred red route 5 does not include the town of Athenry.

Councillor Shelley Herterich Quinn says the decision to choose a route which leaves out Athenry is a huge blow for the area.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says the announcement of a preferred route is an exciting moment in the development of a national Greenway connecting Dublin to Galway,

He’s now urging Galway Co. Council to take steps to connect the towns of Athenry and Loughrea to Red Route 5.

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Galway City Council begins contingency measures ahead of Storm Barra

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

Contingency plans are being finalised by Galway City Council’s weather response team in preparation for the arrival of Storm Barra tomorrow.

Met Eireann is warning of severe or damaging gusts of up to 130 Km/ hr with high waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surges increasing the risk of coastal flooding.

The Inter-Agency Co-ordination group which includes Galway City Council, An Garda Síochána, Galway Fire and Rescue Service, Galway Civil Defence and the HSE – under Galway City Council’s Severe Weather Plan met this morning to discuss plans on how to avoid the worst effects of the storm.

The inter-agency group will also meet later this afternoon when it receives further instructions from the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre.

Arrangements for the deployment and collection of sandbags, potential road closures and car park closures will also be announced.

Chief Executive of Galway City Council Brendan McGrath says a rolling programme of contingency measures including road closures in the city will begin today.

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Hundreds left without water in Ballinasloe due to burst watermain

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

Hundreds of residents and businesses in Ballinasloe are without a water supply this morning due to a burst watermain.

Homes and premises in the areas of Creagh, Glentaun, Hawthorn and surrounds are affected by the outage.

Irish Water and Galway County Council, Water Services are advising that customers in those areas will be without a supply of water today until approximately 4pm while repair works are underway.

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