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Council restarts engagement with landowners on Connemara Greenway

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Galway County Council has recommenced the process of talking to all landowners impacted by the proposed Connemara Greenway project.

20 landowners have been revisited so far with the intention of visiting all over the coming months.

Úna Molloy reports..
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An Bord Pleanala gave the project the go-ahead in March subject to nine conditions following an oral hearing.

A presentation on the planned 52 kilometre stretch from Clifden to Oughterard was made at the last meeting of the local authority where members heard that certain landowners were still not satisfied with the plans.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, Senior Engineer Liam Gavin says the objective is to get permissive access agreement with all landowners working with them and through the communities in the area.

Should such permissive access agreements proceed, the local authority hopes to start construction on the greenway from Clifden to Derrylea as a first phase.

Funding of 9.2 million euro will be required and an application has gone to Failte Ireland.

It’s hoped a response will be received within the next four to five months.

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Galway 2020 gets European funding for a two-day youth event

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway 2020 has been awarded a grant of 49 thousand euro from the European Parliament for a youth project entitled EYE on the Edge.

Galway 2020 has been ravaged by controversy, funding difficulties, extreme weather and COVID-19 but this event is now set to go ahead in March.

A local version of the European Youth Event, it will comprise a two-day conference and festival created and curated by young people in Galway.

Nollaig Mc Guinness of Galway 2020 says EYE on the Edge seeks to respond to contemporary European and global challenges through an exciting programme of debates, workshops, artistic performances, and exhibitions.

The project is one of four chosen to share from a half a million euro fund for Irish civil society and media organisations.

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Boots to roll out COVID-19 testing service at Knocknacarra store

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Boots pharmacy is to roll out its COVID-19 PCR testing service at its store in Knocknacarra from tomorrow.

The in-store testing service will launch at €139 per test and customers can expect to receive their results the day following their test.

The pharmacy says testing is specifically for customers without COVID-19 symptoms.

The service is being launched in response to new Government guidelines which allow travellers arriving from an orange, red or grey region, as determined by the EU traffic light approach to travel.

These people can end their period of restricted movement on receipt of a negative test taken a minimum of five days after arrival in Ireland.

Initially the testing service will be available in seven stores with plans to roll out to further stores across Ireland after demand is assessed.

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Calls for clinic to be established in Galway for those suffering from long-term affects of COVID-19

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – There are calls for a clinic to be established in Galway specifically for people suffering from the long-term effects of COVID-19.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says a so-called long COVID clinic is needed for those experiencing the lingering, debilitating effects of the virus.

Currently there are only two such clinics nationwide – with one each located in Cork and Dublin.

It comes as the WHO has asked that governments recognise the long-term effects of COVID-19 and ensure access to health services for all affected patients.

The side-effects of long COVID include fatigue, a cough, shortness of breath and inflammation and injury of major organs – including the lungs and heart.

Deputy Cannon says setting up the clinic is vital for patients in the west – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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