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County council to apply for N59 storm repair funding from TII

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council will lodge applications with Transport Infrastructure Ireland in order to deal with Flood damage on the N59 caused by Storm Eleanor.
That’s according to Galway West TD Éamon Ó Cuív, who says that the stretch road between Leenane and Clifden, including Leenane Village, has suffered considerable storm damage.
It’s hoped that the applications will be submitted and approved as soon as possible so that the work can completed by the end of Spring.
Deputy O’Cuív says that existing damage to the road will only get worse should another storm occur.
Meanwhile, the county council came under fire this morning as temporary traffic lights installed at Kileen’s Corner on the N59 due to spot flooding, caused traffic chaos for commuters.
Motorists suffered long delays this morning due to the light sequence causing large tailbacks for traffic travelling towards Galway.
Some drivers reported journey times of up to an hour and a half from Moycullen to Galway.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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