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County council chief moves to reassure councillors on greenway strategy approach

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Chief Executive of Galway County Council has moved to reassure members that the approach being taken for the greenway strategy is fully in accordance with an all encompassing motion passed last month.
Kevin Kelly told a meeting this week that two applications would be made to the department seeking funding, including a separate study for the Athenry to Milltown location.
Last month, in a highly controversial counter-motion, councillors voted in favour of seeking funding from the Department for a feasibility study for a master greenway strategy for the entire county.
The local authority later confirmed that it would also seek funding for a feasibility study for a greenway between Athenry and Milltown, as well as further work on the Connemara Greenway.
At this week’s meeting, Tuam area Councillor Shaun Cunniffe sought clarity arguing the Athenry to Milltown location is too vague, and called for guidance on what path the route would take and whether the route would go through farmland.
Campaigners have made several calls to use the rail alignment route for the proposed greenway link.
The CEO said the approach would be to include the railway line but not exclusively, and a number of options would be explored.
The deadline for submissions to the Government’s National Greenway Strategy is November 30th.

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A man in his 20’s dies and another is injured after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

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A man in his 20’s has died after a crash on the N63 this afternoon.

The single vehicle collision happened on the N63 between Newbridge and Ballygar at approximately 12.45pm.

The passenger in the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

His body has been taken to Portiuncula University Hospital where a post-mortem will take place.

The driver, also in his 20’s, was taken to hospital where he is receiving medical attention.

The road remains closed and gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them.

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact Ballinasloe Garda Station on 090 963 1890, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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Gardai and Emergency Services attending the scene of a Road Traffic Accident on N63

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Gardaí and emergency services are currently attending the scene of a road traffic collision on the N63 Newbridge to Ballygar Road.

The road is currently closed with local diversions in place.

No further information is available at this time.

Further updates will issue in due course.

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Protest is held at The Skerritt Roundabout over dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians in the city

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A group of approximately forty campaigners have been protesting at The Skerritt roundabout near ATU Galway over dangerous conditions that exist for cyclists and pedestrians on the streets of Galway.

The Sunday4Safety group, who also run demonstrations in Salthill, set up a pop-up pedestrian crossing at the roundabout.

Skerritt Roundabout was chosen as the location after a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a truck last month.

The group said that the extremely dangerous conditions for cyclists and pedestrians are replicated at many other roundabouts across the city.

Organiser Grainne Faller told John Mulligan that decision makers need to factor in safety when it comes to road and street design in Galway.

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