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County walking and cycling strategy adopted

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A walking and cycling strategy has been adopted for the county.

The draft report was presented to members at this week’s meeting of the local authority by Senior Engineer Liam Gavin.

He told the chamber that references to the Tuam-Athenry greenway are to be removed from the final strategy, as well as a number of other changes to the draft including updated statistics and alternatives being considered by the NRA for the R446 route.

He explained nine submissions were received for the draft which is a framework to be used to seek funding for certain projects in the future.

The amended strategy as presented by Liam Gavin was passed with the support of 22 members.

Cllr Shaun Cunniffe raised a counter-proposal and asked that the strategy not exclude the possibility of a greenway from Tuam to Kilbannon.

He said if a railway was to become a reality, it would then take precedence over the greenway.

Cllr Peter Feeney said that while he is in favour of greenways, he believes there are
alternatives.

He told the meeting that he feels there is no reason to break what he described as  ‘the link for what is since 1860 an important piece of infrastructure’.

Cllr Peter Feeney said the council has a responsibility to maintain what it has until it can be reopened

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Portiuncula Univeristy Hospital hosting Service of Remembrance for those who have lost a child

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula University Hospital is hosting a Service of Remembrance on the 13th of February for those who have experienced the loss of a child.

Parents and their families who have experienced a bereavement through the death of a child or who have lost a baby through miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, still birth or after birth are invited to attend.

The service will get underway at 7.30pm in the hospital chapel with light refreshments afterwards.

Deirdre Naughton, Director of Midwifery at the hospital says the service will offer parents a chance to reflect on their journey:

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UD Motorway and lane closures between Ballinasloe and Oranmore over next 8 days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Commuters are being advised of upcoming motorway and lane closures on designated days between Ballinasloe and Oranmore between tomorrow and Thursday week, February 16th

The M6 Eastbound will be closed between Junction 19 and 18 from 10pm tomorrow (thurs feb 9) until 6am on Friday, with diversions in place.

On Monday 13th traffic will be down to one lane on the M6 WESTbound between junction 16 Loughrea and 17 Athenry.

The following day, one lane on that stretch EASTbound will be closed.

On Wednesday 15th, it will be down to one lane between Junction 16 Loughrea and 15 Ballinasloe.

Then on Thursday 16th, one lane will be closed between Junction 14 East Ballinasloe and Junction 15 West Ballinasloe.

All those closures will be in place from 8AM until 5PM each day.

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City tech firm partners with COPE Galway to support services

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A city-based tech firm is partnering with COPE Galway to support its services.

The domestic abuse and homelessness charity is set to receive funding and volunteer support from Salthill cybersecurity firm, TitanHQ.

The company voted to support COPE Galway, with the partnership established on a year-long basis.

Leonie Woutersen, Corporate Engagement Executive at COPE Galway, explains what the collaboration will involve.

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