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County council adopts roads programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The roads programme for county Galway has been adopted by councillors

Over 41 million euro has been allocated towards maintaining and improving the public road network in the county.

The grant allocated by the NRA for the motorway and national roads is 23 million euro, an increase of almost 5 million on the 2013 figure.

Meanwhile, the county council has been allocated 18.3 million euro towards regional and local roads.

That’s a decrease of over 3.2 million on the total amount allocated last year – this includes the original sum of just over 18 million and an extra 3.4 million allocated in June.

At the meeting this evening several councillors raised concern with the decrease.

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Eamon Ryan voices opposition to old rail lines in West being turned into greenways

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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.

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Campaigners to protest at Skerritt Roundabout this weekend over ‘lethal’ conditions

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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.

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Ballinasloe student creates award winning natural hair straightener

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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.

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