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County areas to get 6 million euro for regeneration projects

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The county area of Galway is to get 6 million euro for a wide range of regeneration projects.

Areas such as Athenry, Tuam, Gort, Dunmore and Kinvara are all set to benefit from allocations under the Rural Regeneration and Development Fund.

Athenry will receive a grant of 3.5 million euro for the development of the BIA Innovator project and to establish Athenry as a food and tourism centre.

The grant will also provide for upgrades to Athenry Town Centre to create a new, dynamic, public realm.

The Joyce Country and Western Lakes Geopark in Clonbur has been awarded just under a million euro for its future development.

Half a million euro has been allocated to Galway County Council for street widening works at Bridge Street, Dunmore, while another €175,000 has been allocated to the council to develop a master plan for Tuam Town Centre, the Railway Station site, the Fire Station site and the Town Hall.

Coole Park Visitor Experience has been awarded a quarter of a million euro to progress its design to construction stage.

The proposed design for the Connemara Visitor Centre has been boosted by a grant of half a million.

Kinvara will receive 125 thousand euro to bring forward a full design for the implementation of its board walk project, which will provide access from the village to Dunguaire castle.

Junior Minister and Galway East TD Sean Canney says this vital funding will provide a major boost to the regeneration of our towns and villages.

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Minister says alternative bus service possible on Gort to Galway route

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The National Transport Authority has stated that private bus companies can operate on the Gort to Galway bus route.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte has received confirmation from the NTA that commercial bus operators can submit licence applications for the route at anytime.

It comes after Bus Éireann’s decision to cancel its evening service on the Galway to Cork Expressway 51 route – leaving passengers travelling to south Galway with no access to a public bus service after the last bus departs the city at 5:05pm.

The NTA has stated that potential applications will be considered based on the potential demand for the service with regards to the needs of consumers and any public services on or in the vicinity of the route.

Minister Rabbitte argues the decision by Bus Éireann has placed limitations on students, workers and general commuters travelling out of the city.

She is encouraging commercial bus operators to make an application and provide the vital service for commuters in the county.

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City councillor calls for Government action to tackle illegal short-term lettings in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city councillor has called for Government action to tackle illegal short-term lettings in Galway.

Labour Councillor Niall McNelis says the City Manager’s June report has highlighted the challenges which the Council faces in enforcing regulations on short-term lettings in the city.

The report stated that the time it takes to enforce legislation often allows landlords to operate unregistered short-term lets during the peak tourist season and then close them before legal proceedings are brought against them.

Under the current regulations, which were introduced in 2019, persons can let part of their main residence on an unlimited basis or all of their main residence on a limited basis for 90 days in total.

It comes as 50 short-term lettings are formally registered with Galway City Council at present and just five properties have planning permission.

Councillor Niall McNelis told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks short-term lettings are often hotspots for weekend house parties and take valuable housing stock off the market.

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Outpatients clinics going ahead at UHG following systems failure last week

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Outpatient clinics will go ahead this week at UHG after some were forced to be cancelled last week due to a systems failure.

Hospital management say that while there has been improvements in many areas following the cyber attack, there are continuing glitches with connections to other systems.

Progress has been made with interfaces with health links improving and the processing of GP bloods now functioning again.

Some clinics were cancelled last Thursday and Friday after a system went down.

Chris Kane, General Manager at Galway University Hospitals, told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that although progress has been made, the situation is changeable due to challenges with connecting systems as the team enters week five since the ransomware attack on the HSE.

She says there has also been a significant return to hospital activity with 27 patients waiting on a bed at UHG this morning.

The hospital manager has urged the public to consider primary care services and minor injury units if possible to avoid long delays at the emergency department.

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