The Connemara Greenway project has the potential to regenerate the whole region.
That’s according to County Mayor Tom Welby who was speaking following a presentation on the planned 52 kilometre stretch from Clifden to Oughterard at the monthly meeting of the local authority.
An Bord Pleanala gave the project the go-ahead last month (March) subject to nine conditions following an oral hearing.
Senior Engineer Liam Gavin said funding of 9.2 million euro will be required and an application has gone to Failte Ireland.
He said 70 of the 80 landowners have been spoken to so far and it’s hoped to go to construction before the end of the year with construction continuing into 2014 and 2015.
Cllr Michael Mogie Maher told the meeting he’s aware of one landowner who plans to object and has three sections of land.
Cllr Eileen Mannion said she hopes such landowners will reconsider as the project would be a huge boost for the area keeping employment and young people at home.
Mayor Welby says there was a huge amount of consultation with landowners about it, an oral hearing and an independent planning process.
He said it was unfortunate some have issue with it as it’s key to regional development:
Pieta to hire more therapists for city and Tuam services
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Suicide and self-harm prevention charity Pieta has announced it is to recruit additional therapists for its services in Galway and the wider western region.
Pieta currently employs more than 200 qualified therapists and support staff across 20 locations nationwide.
A recruitment drive is now underway to hire additional therapists at its centres in the city, Tuam and Ballina.
Pieta says it’s seen a 30 percent increase in calls and texts overall, which shows that its services are needed now more than ever.
1,325 new cases of Covid-19 reported nationally
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – The Department of Health has been notified of 1,352 cases of Covid-19 this afternoon.
The figure is a increase of 254 on yesterday’s figure.
There are currently 177 Covid-19 patients in hospital – of which 27 are in ICU.
Meanwhile, over 70 per cent of the Irish adult population is now fully vaccinated.
18,000 people have been vaccinated so far this weekend in 26 walk-in vaccination centres across the country.
Saolta announces changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park
Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Saolta has announced changes to visiting times at UHG and Merlin Park Hospital.
From Tuesday, both hospitals will facilitate one visitor per patient each day between 6pm and 8pm.
Previously, there was a one-hour visiting time in the afternoon and another one-hour visiting period in the evening.
However, the afternoon visiting time resulted in long queues, while there was also heavy footfall of people attending outpatient and other clinics.
Saolta says in order to manage the volume of people and maintain social distancing, it is changing to the new two-hour visiting time from Tuesday.
Visits must be arranged by family members or visitors in advance by contacting the relevant ward or unit.