Galway Bay fm newsroom – A preferred route has been approved for the 1.2 million euro overhaul of the Kirwan roundabout in the city.
City officials and engineers had come up with 6 options to convert the 5-arm roundabout into a traffic light junction.
At last evening’s meeting of the local authority, councillors narrowly voted to accept the route recommended by engineers – with many voicing strong opposition to the now preferred route.
There was heated debate last evening as councillors debated the merits of the preferred route presented to them by a project manager from engineering firm Halcrow Barry.
That is option 3B – which consultants deem the best option for reducing traffic delays and rat runs through nearby residential areas.
Kirwan roundabout will be replaced with a 4-arm signalised junction while the Coolagh Road will be diverted to form a 3-arm signalised junction on the N84 Headford Road.
However, a left slip lane will be constructed allowing access to the Coolagh Road from the Headford Road.
Not all councillors were satisfied with the route – Councillors Mark Lohan and Mike Cubbard felt better options were being ignored due to cost concerns.
Councillor Declan McDonnell questioned the claim that rat runs through Tirellan would be reduced by 90 percent – while Councillor Michael Crowe said it was difficult to have faith in the estimations given the disappointment of the Briarhill junction.
City CEO Brendan McGrath revealed that Transport Infrastructure Ireland has recently warned that if the allocated funds are not spent soon, the local authority would lose the money.
Councillors ultimately voted to accept the preferred route by a majority of 9 to 7 – setting the ball in motion for the project to proceed to the design and planning stage.
It’s expected that the project will proceed to tender and construction stages next year, with final delivery expected in 2019.
City Councillor calls for investigation into the public drinking water infrastructure in Salthill
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A thorough investigation of the public drinking water infrastructure in the Salthill area is required according to a Galway City West Councillor.
Councillor John Connolly has sought further information from Irish Water as to the possible cause and extent of the contamination concerns in the public water system affecting certain areas within Salthill.
Irish water have confirmed to Cllr Connolly that further investigatory sampling is ongoing.
Cllr Connolly has expressed concern that the source or cause of the contamination is not yet known.
“Following recent readings of high levels of iron in a in a number of households within the Salthill area, Irish water carried out Water mains flushing and scouring over the past week. I was concerned that this work may have been responsible for the presence of E-coli in the water system.”
“I also sought confirmation from Irish Water that the contamination is solely confined to the limited area within the boil water notice. Irish Water have responded that they took samples of Chlorine in a number of locations in the vicinity, to prove disinfection of the water, and sampling at Forster Park indicates sufficient levels to indicate good disinfection is present, which will protect against E-Coli bacteria. The supply at the south end of Dalysfort Road comes from the Promenade direction as far as Hollands’ Shop, and that area is not affected.”
“I am concerned though that Irish Water have advised me that the high level of E-Coli was found in following the air scouring and flushing and if it hasn’t been caused by this work, are we sure it was
present prior to this. I am seeking the results of water samples in the area prior to the work.”
“It has further been brought to my attention that despite the Air Scouring and Flushing that was undertaken recent, sampling of household water within the Salthill area has again highlighted continued high level of iron. In one case over eight times the recommended level. A thorough investigation of the public drinking
water infrastructure in the Salthill area is required.”
Increase in Covid 19 figures as 393 cases are reported but the numbers receiving treatment in hospital continues to fall
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 393 new cases of Covid-19.
That is an increase of 72 on last night’s figures.
However, the number in hospitals across the country continues to fall with 48 currently receiving treatment, a reduction of five on yesterday and down 10 on the same day last week.
14 Covid patients are in intensive care, down 1 on yesterday and 8 on the same day last week.
There are no figures available for Galway.
City Councillor urges local sports clubs to ensure defibrillators installed
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A City Councillor is calling on sports clubs across Galway to ensure they have defibrillators installed and club members are trained in their use.
Councillor Alan Cheever’s is making the call following the collapse of Christan Erikinson at the Euros match between Denmark and Finland.
He says the incident clearly shows how quick intervention can save lives.
Councillor Cheevers says some clubs across the city have defibrillators, while many others do not – but they should be a universal feature at all sports facilities.
He acknowledges there is cost involved, but says there are supports available and to avail of those supports.