Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway’s local authorities are preparing to close roads and distribute sandbags as Storm Callum approaches the west coast.
As a precaution, a number of roads which are susceptible to flooding are to be closed in the city from 8 this evening.
Lough Atalia Road will be closed from the junction with College Road as far as the Docks.
Eyre Square will be closed from the Meyrick Hotel with closures at Dock Road, Queen Street and Victoria Place.
The inbound slip-lane on the Dublin Road at the G Hotel will also be closed to traffic.
Salthill will be closed from the entrance to Mutton Island as far as Threadneedle Road.
Sandbags will be made available at Spanish Arch and the Fire Station in the city and at the Aquarium in Salthill from now until 4pm.
In the county, 250 sandbags are to be distributed from the Sqaure in Kinvara, while 5,000 sandbags will be made available in the council depot in Tonroe, Clarinbridge.
Carmel Kilcoyne is Senior Engineer with Galway City Council – she’s advising the public to be in their homes by 10pm.
Eamon Ryan voices opposition to old rail lines in West being turned into greenways
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Transport Minister says he wants to see older rail lines in the west and south return to their original use, not turned into greenways.
Eamon Ryan says he wants to see a revived ‘Western Atlantic Rail Corridor’, spanning from Ballina in Mayo to Rosslare in Wexford.
There had been initial plans for the Claremorris to Athenry, and Waterford to Wexford lines to be turned into greenways.
Minister Ryan says the outcome of a strategic rail review will determine the future of these former tracks.
Campaigners to protest at Skerritt Roundabout this weekend over ‘lethal’ conditions
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Campaigners are set to protest at Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway this weekend, over ‘lethal’ conditions at roundabouts across the city.
The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, will run a pop-up pedestrian crossing near the roundabout on Sunday at 11am.
They’re chosen Skerritt Roundabout as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.
But they say the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.
Organiser, Gráinne Faller, told David Nevin the people of Galway – whether on foot, on a bicycle or in a car – deserve far better.
Ballinasloe student creates award winning natural hair straightener
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A 13 year old student from Ardscoil Mhuire in Ballinasloe has been recognised for creating an innovative hair straightener.
Erin Godswill’s project came second in the science category of the national competition, Teen Turn’s Scifest.
The natural product, which resembles a hair mask, aims to straighten hair without any chemical treatment.
Ard Scoil Mhuire entered 6 projects, with one also entered from Presentation College Headford.
Erin explains how she developed the hair straightening mask.