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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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Disability campaign group to hand letter to City Hall calling for appointment of Access Officer

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway based disabled persons action group will hand a letter to the City Manager this hour calling for the appointment of a full-time Access Officer.

Representatives from ‘Access for All Galway’ plan to present the letter to Brendan McGrath at noon today, requesting the appointment and the full implementation of the Equal Status Act.

The group says there are more than 10 thousand disabled people resident in Galway.

It comes as today marks the International Day of Disabled People.

Access for All Galway founding member and long-term disability rights activist Marian Maloney says a coordinated effort is needed to make the city safer for disabled people.

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Final report of Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes to be published next month

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The final report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby homes will be published in the week of January 11th.

The Children’s Minister has told the Dail that he will bring a memo to Cabinet that week for approval.

Roderic O’Gorman says he received the final report at the end of October, and moves to publish it are now at ‘an advanced stage’.

The Minister says he will continue to engage with survivors ahead of the publication of the report.

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Status yellow snow and ice warning issued for Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A status yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for Galway.

Met Eireann has issued the alert for Galway, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo which will be in effect today until 7am tomorrow.

Wintry showers are forecast today and overnight with falls of hail, sleet and snow.

Icy stretches and accumulations of snow are expected in some areas.

Alan O’Reilly from Carlow Weather says it’ll feel significantly colder over the next two days.

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