Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is being criticised for not lobbying the government more for funding for local roads.
The matter was brought up by several councillors at a meeting of the local authority this week. (29/1)
Loughrea District Councillor Gerry Finnerty said roads in the county are as bad as he has ever seen following adverse weather.
Councillor Michael Fahy told the meeting that there is ‘anarchy’ on the roads and central government must provide a loan to carry out emergency works.
Councillor Shane Donnellan said there are people in his area contacting him weekly about burst tyres due to potholes.
Claregalway-based Councillor Malachy Noone says roads funding is on the bottom rung of the ladder for central goverment and roads funding for Galway is below that again.
Councillor Jim Cuddy added that the council knows for many years that there is a problem with flooding in Claregalway village and yet has done nothing to resolve it.
Councillor Joe Byrne says the state of the roads in south Galway is particularly bad.
Director of Services Jim Cullen told councillors that the council can only provide assistance in times of flooding or following bad weather within the resources available.
It was broadly acknowledged by councillors that Galway doesn’t receive its fair share of government funds for roads in the county, compared to other areas.
Bus Éireann to reinstate services on Galway to Gort route
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Bus Éireann has announced that from this Friday, late services will be reinstated on the Galway to Gort bus route.
It follows the suspension of a number of Expressway 51 Galway-Limerick services last month, which resulted in the last bus from Galway departing at 5.05pm.
Local politicians expressed huge dismay at the move and the matter was even brought to the attention of Taoiseach Micheal Martin in the Dáil.
It’s now been confirmed that from Friday, the last daily departure from Ceannt Station will be restored to 7.05pm.
Bus Éireann says it recognises the later service from Galway is particularly important to people in South Galway and Clare.
It adds that guaranteed seat booking for the restored service will be available online at expressway.ie within a week of the resumption.
Just 147 businesses in city and county avail of Covid 19 small business assistance scheme
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just 147 businesses in the city and county have availed of the Covid-19 small business assistance scheme to date.
The scheme which was introduced to help small businesses who are impacted financially due to the pandemic provides grants of €4,000 to businesses working from non-rateable premises and €1,000 to businesses with a turnover between €20,000 and €50,000.
Figures released by the Department of Enterprise have revealed that up to June 11th, 57 small businesses in the city availed of the support at a total cost of €228,000.
In the county, 90 small enterprises have claimed €360,000 through the scheme.
It comes as the scheme is due to close on July 21st.
Sinn Féin Roscommon/Galway TD Claire Kerrane, who obtained the Department figures through a parliamentary question, says Local Authorities and the Government should seek out and encourage as many small businesses as possible to apply for the grants before the closing date.
She argues the uptake for the scheme has been very low despite the fact that many small businesses are still struggling.
348 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There has been a further 348 Covid-19 cases reported by the Department of Health.
41 people are in hospital with the virus – up 2 in 24 hours.
13 are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.
It follows a warning that 90 percent of new Covid infections across the European Union by the end of August will be the Delta variant.
That’s according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control.