Galway Bay fm newsroom – A home in the county has been identified as having 21 times the acceptable level of radon.
The Radiological Protection Institute of Ireland discovered the cancer-causing gas at a home in Ballymoe.
Radon is the second biggest cause of lung cancer after smoking and is directly linked to more than 200 lung cancer deaths in Ireland each year.
In Galway, 462 tests for radon gas were completed in the past year and a half and one in four were found to be above the acceptable level.
Apart from the home in Ballymoe, two other homes in Ballindooley and Castlegar were found with 11 times the acceptable level of radon.
Fifteen homes, 3 in Claregalway, 3 in Oughterard and one in Bushypark, Castlegar, Clarenbridge, Gort, Headford, Kinvara, Oranmore, Roscam and Salthill all had almost ten times too much radon.
Children’s Ombudsman received 48 complaints from Galway last year
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Ombudsman for Children’s office received 48 complaints from Galway last year.
It’s annual report for 2020, entitled “Childhood Paused”, reveals that nationwide 1,187 complaints were received about services provided to children.
Ombudsman for Children, Dr. Niall Muldoon, says the figure of 48 complaints recorded in Galway last year is not very surprising based on population spread.
However, he says it shows there is still a need to work hard to let people in the county know about the existence of the office.
The main area of the public service complained about last year was education – accounting for 46 percent of all complaints.
New issues which arose included remote learning, lack of clarity over state examinations, calculated grades, children who feared bringing Covid-19 into high-risk households, and the impact on children with special educational needs.
Six percent of all complaints last year came directly from children – representing a doubling of the figure recorded in 2019.
The Ombudsman says this increase can largely be attributed to education issues, and is indicative of the level of upset among students.
It’s also noted that 100 percent of the children who made direct contact mentioned the impact of the pandemic on their mental health.
75 broadband connections to be installed in Galway schools and community facilities
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 75 broadband connections will be installed in Galway primary schools and community facilities over the next two years.
That’s according to Minister of State and Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte.
She says 10 primary schools will get their new broadband connection by the end of this year, while a further 38 national schools will be included in the rollout next year.
A further 20 public WiFi broadband connection points will also be installed this year at locations including the Ballinakill Community Centre in Kylebrack and Sylane Hurling Club.
Currently almost 40,000 premises in county Galway do not have access to high-speed broadband – this represents close to 30% of all premises in the county.
It comes as nationwide 4,000 homes and businesses have been reached in the first half of this year, out of a target of 115,000 set by National Broadband Ireland for the end of 2021.
23,000 premises have already been surveyed, and network designs for more than 174,000 premises have been developed since the project commenced.
Chairman of NBI David McCourt says the company will make up for lost time.
Decision on Galway ring road proposal encounters further delay
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The decision date on the proposed Galway city ring road has been pushed back for a second time until the end of August.
An Bord Pleanála was due to issue its decision on the controversial project later this week having already extended the initial target date from the end of April.
The proposed N6 GCRR is made up of a 5.6 kilometres of single carriageway from 2 kilometres west of Barna Village to the Ballymoneen Road and 11.9 kilometres of dual carriageway from Ballymoneen Road to the eastern tie-in with the N6 at Coolagh, Briarhill.
The plans are expected to impact 500 landowners, 44 houses and 11 businesses.
Galway West TD Noel Grealish has expressed disappointment at the further delay saying it has extended the agony for dozens of families whose homes are under threat of demolition.
Deputy Grealish said that the news is a real blow to the 54 families whose homes are to be demolished or acquired to make way for the ring road, adding that some of them were receiving medical attention for the stress and anxiety caused by the whole project.
Speaking to Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks, he called on An Bord Pleanála to ensure that there would be no further hold-ups, and that a final decision would be issued in August.