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County council to seek funding for hydrological survey in Athenry following serious flooding

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway county council is to seek funding to carry out a complete hydrological survey on the river from Athenry to Clarinbridge.

It comes as Athenry has experienced significant flooding following excessive rainfall last month.

According to Met Éireann’s climate statement for the month of August, Athenry recorded the highest level of rainfall across the country last month.

Minister for Rural Affairs and Galway East TD Seán Canney says there are many bridges and structures along the river from Athenry to Clarinbridge which are impeding the flow of water.

He says he has highlighted the issue with the Office of Public Works and Galway County Council and funding will be sought – to hear more, tune in to Galway Bay fm news on the hour…

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Galway medtech Bluedrop Medical set to expand after securing €3.7m in funding

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Galway based medical device start-up Bluedrop Medical is set to expand after securing €3.7m.

The company is based at the Innovation Hub at GMIT and is developing a product to help manage one of the complications of diabetes – the diabetic foot.

An initial seed investment of €1.2M was led by HBAN’s MedTech Syndicate – which itself invested €340K in the seed round.

Enterprise Ireland and the Western Development Commission also invested in the funding round along with other members of the investment community.

A €2.5M grant was also awarded through the European Innovation Council.

The firm is set to hire 10 people in the areas of software development, quality and regulatory affairs, clinical trial management and commercial strategy development.

For more on this story tune into the Galway Bay fm news…

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Sinn Fein leader says concerns in Oughterard over direct provision are legitimate

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The Sinn Fein leader says concerns by residents in Oughterard over the direct provision system are legitimate.

Several hundred people have been peacefully picketing at the former Connemara Gateway Hotel, outside the town, since earlier this week, over fears it may be turned into a direct provision centre.

The group argues that Oughterard does not have the infrastructure or services in place to deal with a large influx of asylum seekers to the area.

Mary Lou McDonald argues the direct provision system has been disastrous.

She has also stated that Independent TD Noel Grealish should withdraw alleged controversial comments regarding African migrants while attending a public meeting this week.

For more on this story, tune into the Galway Bay fm news….

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Portumna Castle car parking development to get underway

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Works to provide car parking facilities and a bus set down area for Portumna Castle will get underway in the coming months.

Minister of State and Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has confirmed that an area design has been submitted and tenders are almost ready to go out.

Visitor numbers at the 17th century castle have steadily increased year on year, with over 20 thousand people visiting the attraction in 2018.

Minister Cannon says the increase in visitor numbers to Portumna castle demanded the new facilities:

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