Galway County Council this week agreed to join forces with Galway City Council to carry out improvement works at Parkmore Junction on the Tuam Road – currently a source of daily frustration for thousands of workers and commuters.
The City Council has already agreed as the lands involve areas in both the city and county making it a joint project.
Councillor Jim Cuddy accepted its urgency at Monday’s Council meeting but wondered why one Local Authority was funding it (the city Council) and another carrying out the work (the county Council).
Liam Gavin, Director of Services for Roads and Transportation, explained that this was necessary as the road from the Tuam Road to the roundabout at the entrance of Parkmore Industrial Estate and onwards towards Briarhill was involved if safety measures such as traffic lights and new junctions were to be installed for easier flow of traffic — up to 8,000 cars leave the Parkmore Industrial Estate every evening at the same time leaving motorists up to an hour in a traffic jam.
The project is only at the design stage which will take months to complete and has already cost €100,000. The city Council has already discussed temporary solutions in the meantime such is the urgency of the situation. A number of meetings have already taken place between both local authorities, the IDA and management of some of the large companies based in Parkmore.
Councillors agreed that the Council enter into an agreement with their city colleagues to ensure the project, which is being funded by the NRA, gets underway as soon as possible. This agreement will involve land acquisition, CPOs, the appointment and engagement of contractors and the recoupment of the cost of the scheme.
Monday’s Council meeting also heard that Galway County Council has been allocated €6million in the first tranche of the Department of the Environment’s severe weather allocations. The Council had submitted a request for €9.8million for projects involving road repairs arising out of the recent weather damage.
The allocation amounts to 60% of funds needed to carry out all necessary repairs according to Liam Gavin, Director of Services for Roads and Transportation.
And while it was generally welcomed by councillors around the chamber, councillors representing South Galway, the worst hit area during recent flooding, pointed out that something drastic had to be done — such as digging a channel at Carnmore — to ensure that area wouldn’t be as prone to flooding in the future.
And while a Bord Pleanala decision was pending last week on the Dunkellin River Relief Scheme which is expected to address the flood plain issues, the €6million has to be used on bringing the road network damaged by flooding up to standard and not on any capital project associated with the prevention of future flooding.
Bikers do their bit to mark anniversary of blood service
This year marks the tenth anniversary of Blood Bike West, and the big birthday was marked in style with a sun-drenched afternoon at Galway Plaza’s Bike Fest West.
Galway stuntman Mattie Griffin was the headline attraction; there was face painting, games, plenty of ice-cream – and hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts and families.
The birthday celebrations kicked off with a 160-strong motorcycle spin around the Galway countryside, raising well-needed funds for the volunteering efforts of Blood Bike West.
As a 100% volunteer-run and funded organisation, donations are vitally important for Blood Bike West to continue operating their medical transport in the West of Ireland.
Since its inception in 2012, demand for their volunteers’ services continues to grow: collecting and delivering all manner of urgent medical items regionally and nationally, such as bloods, breast milk, medicines, scans, and equipment.
In 2021 alone, Blood Bike West delivered 983 urgent medical deliveries throughout the country.
As part of Galway City Councils Community, Blood Bike West undertook to operate a 24/7 service, including 165 medication deliveries from pharmacies to the self-isolating and vulnerable during the COVID-19 lockdowns.
Since Blood Bike West’s inception in 2012, this increase sees the ongoing need to replace and renew their fleet of motorcycles.
Their motorbikes, Madison, Heather, Margaret, and newly inaugurated bike Cara, are regularly seen on Galway roads, delivering consignments to and from local and regional hospitals.
Park fun to mark Africa Day
On Saturday next (May 28) in Salthill Park, Galway’s African community invites people to join them in a celebration of culture as part of the national Africa Day celebrations.
Africa United Galway, emerging from lockdown and having hosted online festivals for the past two years, will be delivering a family fun day event.
Africa Day 2022 will reinforce a collaboration between Africa United Galway and Galway Africa Diaspora, Shining Light Galway and GoCom Radio (broadcasting live), who have worked to create a festival that will showcase Galway as a city of culture.
Among the performances on the day will be Afrobeat dancer Lapree Lala of Southside Moves, who will show how to dance in African style; Elikya Band will be bringing indigenous African Congolese music; The Youth Performances will be displaying their talent in rap, singing, speaking, and dancing and for the young at heart.
Galway Afrobeat performer Dave Kody will get the crowd moving and there will be poetry through spoken word and cultural displays. There will be a photo booth and face painting and everyone will get to have a taste of African cuisines.
In the spirit of inclusion and integration, The St Nicholas Collegiate Church Parish Choir will be presenting a special African performance as well as a feature presentation by the Hession School of Irish Dance, who will be presenting the famous Riverdance.
Also organised is a football friendly between the African community and An Garda Siochana.
The Mayor, Colette Connolly, will officially be opening the event with a keynote speech and several African Ambassadors are expected to be present on the day to reinforce the culture, beauty and strength of Africa and support for its people.
Africa Day is sponsored by Irish Aid and supported by Galway City Council.
Domestic Violence Response recorded highest number of clients in 24 years under Covid ‘shadow’
BY TIFFANY GREENWALDT-SIMON
A domestic violence support charity in Galway has recorded its highest number of clients in 24 years – “under the shadow” of Covid-19.
Domestic Violence Response (DVR), which is based in Moycullen, also reported its highest level of counselling support sessions in its 2021 annual report published last week.
The charity saw 136 new clients in 2021, and a total of 266 people utilised its services. It also saw a significant increase of return service users.
The support service also provided 51 nights of emergency accommodation through a partnership between Airbnb, Safe Ireland, and Women’s Aid.
Elizabeth Power, Coordinator of DVR Galway, said: “Our 2021 annual report highlights the stark reality of the level of domestic violence in Galway. Under the shadow of Covid-19, DVR recorded the highest number of clients in our 24-year history and delivered the highest number of support services.
“Our staff noted increases in the level of worrying and harrowing experiences of control and abuse. The trauma of these experiences will live with our service users long after Covid-19 fades into memory.
“While Covid-19 restrictions are behind us, domestic violence continues to be present in hundreds of homes throughout Galway.
“As we move through 2022, we will continue to provide our much-needed services to women and men throughout Galway, with an extensive counselling support and advocacy service and a number of new initiatives including a partnership with the HSE which will be launched in the coming months.”
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
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