The Department of Transport needs to prioritise the Claregalway Relief Road as a matter of urgency.
That’s according to Councillor Jim Cuddy who has been responding to numerous complaints from motorists and residents about delays through the village.
He says that the County Council is working on the design stage of the relief road at present, when it should be at construction stage.
Long delays are being experienced by motorists through the village not only at peak times, but throughout the day.
Three people died on Galway roads in first six months of 2021
Galway Bay fm newsroom – 3 people have died on Galway roads in the first six months of this year.
That’s according to figures from the Road Safety Authority, which show that nationally, 65 people have died on Irish roads between January and July 15th.
Dublin had the highest number of fatalities at 11, followed by Limerick, Tipperary, Kerry and Louth which each had 5.
The research found that rural roads, with speed limits of 80km per hour or higher, are the most likely places for a fatal collision to occur.
RSA CEO Sam Waide says counties Leitrim, Clare, Offaly, Laois and Carlow had no fatalities during this time.
To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news.
Public appeal over low uptake of vaccines at Ballybrit among younger age groups
Galway Bay fm newsroom – There’s a significantly reduced uptake in Covid-19 vaccinations at Ballybrit among the 18 to 30 year old age group.
That’s according to Saolta Chief Director of Nursing Paul Hooton, who says the drop-off is very significant when compared to older age coherts, most of which have an over 90 percent uptake.
But he says among 18 to 30 year olds, who are now being vaccinated, registration rates are only around 65 percent.
Overall, over 140 thousand people have been vaccinated at the Ballybrit center so far, with 2,500 people receiving a dose per day at peak operation.
Paul Hooton is urging younger people to get registered and get vaccinated.
Plan for major high rise student accommodation on Headford road approved by An Bord Pleanála
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A plan for a major high rise student accommodation development on the Headford road has been approved by An Bord Pleanála.
The proposed eight storey development adjacent to Galway Retail Park was approved by city planners in February and was later appealed by An Taisce.
The plan sets out to see the creation of 254 student beds, four retail units and a gym.
The application is led by Cleverson Ltd and includes a mix of one and two bed studio apartments along with four, five, six and seven bed units across six floors.
The plans would also see the demolition of an existing ESB unit enclosure and the creation of a 2,385 square metre development.
City planners approved the proposal in February with 28 conditions attached.
An Taisce then appealed the decision to An Bord Pleanála.
Among the concerns listed in the grounds of appeal is an argument that the application decision was premature and failed to acknowledge directions voted for in the 2011-2017 Development Plan which called for the preparation of a local area plan incorporating lands in this area.
It’s also argued that the current City Development Plan also calls for a density and building heights study, through variation number 5.
The board has now backed the city council decision to approve the development and has attached 28 revised conditions.
One states the development is only to be used as student accommodation but can be used as visitor accommodation outside of the academic terms.