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Contracts signed guaranteeing Aran Islands air service until September

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a temporary resolution to the dispute over an air service for the Aran Islands.
Aer Arann had announced it would end its Public Service Obligation contract for the service from Inverin to the islands on December 6th last.
Talks between all stakeholders took place and the deadline was pushed back to last evening.
Government Chief Whip and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Islands, Seán Kyne has confirmed today that an air service will be provided until the end of September next year. (30/9/19)
The temporary contract has been awarded to, and signed by, Galway Aviation Services, Aer Arann.
Minister Kyne says now that islanders have a temporary repreive, a long-term solution will be sought.
For more on this story tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Man in his 80s dies in M6 collision near Athenry

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí remain at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision involving three cars, on the M6 westbound near Athenry between Junction 18 and Junction 19.

The driver of one of the cars, a man in his 80s, was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision which took place at 2pm.

A male in his 70s and female in her 20s were taken to University Hospital Galway to be treated for their injuries which are understood to be non-life threatening.

The road is currently closed to allow for a technical examination to be undertaken by Forensic Collision Investigators.

Local diversions are in place. Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to come forward and any road users with video footage are asked to make this available to investigating Gardaí.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Galway Garda station on 091 538 000, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Spiddal to be affected by water outages until tomorrow

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Residents in the Spiddal area are being advised to expect continued water outages overnight and into tomorrow.

It follows a technical fault at Spiddal Water Treatment Plant this morning that’s affecting part of Spiddal village, as well as an area between Furbo and Inverin.

Irish Water says every effort is being made to resolve the situation, but it will be later tomorrow before a supply is restored

Earlier, the utility had anticipated that water would be restored this afternoon.

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Oranmore native Joe Mag Raollaigh appointed RTE’s new Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Correspondent

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom- Oranmore native Joe Mag Raollaigh has been appointed RTE’s new Agriculture and Consumer Affairs Correspondent.

Currently the Editor of RTÉ’s flagship political programme The Week in Politics, Joe has worked with RTÉ News across radio, television and online since 2008.

A fluent Irish speaker, Joe will report in both English and Irish.

Joe was born in Boston, where his parents had emigrated in the 1960s, but the family returned in the early 70s and settled in Oranmore.

He attended NUI Galway where he earned a BA, an MA in Modern Irish and a Higher Diploma in Applied Communications.

He started his broadcasting career in Clare FM, hosting current affairs and farming radio shows before moving to TG4, Nuacht RTÉ, and RTÉ News.

Joe will be commencing his new role in February.

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