Date Published: 04-Sep-2008
The long wait continues for the necessary widening of one of the city’s busiest bridges, the landmark Salmon Weir Bridge
Funding of just under a quarter of a million euro has been allocated, but it will only cover cosmetic changes
Over the years there have been several calls for the road section of the busy bridge to be widened, and for a separate pedestrian walkway to be provided
However, this allocation of funds will merely cover the removal of graffitti and vegetation, and improve the stonework on the Salmon Weir Bridge
Galway West TD Frank Fahey has defended the funding saying the works will enhance the bridge, and that the necessary structural changes are ‘another days work’
Meanwhile, Green party city Councillor, Niall O Brolchain has also supported funding for the facelift of the city bridge
His only concern is that trees beside the salmon weir bridge be properly protected as the works are carried out
Councillor O’ Brolchain says that the trees are an important part of our urban heritage, and need to be maintained in a careful and sensible fashion
Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement
Date Published: 07-May-2013
Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.
It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.
Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores
This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.
However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.
Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week
Date Published: 09-May-2013
Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.
That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)
An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.
The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.
Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing
Date Published: 13-May-2013
Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.
Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.
He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.
Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.