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Dominick Street Upper and Lower set to be removed from city pedestrianisation plan for outdoor dining

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Dominick Street Upper and Lower, as well as the Small Crane, are set to be removed from the city pedestrianisation plan for outdoor dining.

City Councillors were informed last evening, at a special briefing, that an executive order has been taken that aims to remove the routes from the plan due to health and safety concerns.

That’s according to Fianna Fáil Councillor Peter Keane who says the HSE objected to the inclusion of the streets in the scheme because it would impact ambulance access and response times.

It comes as the City Council announced last month, that Dominick Street Upper and Lower, Forster Street and Woodquay would be partially closed to vehicular traffic, in the evening time, from next week to facilitate outdoor dining and the return of the hospitality sector.

In a statement to Galway Bay fm news, a spokesperson for the City Council said decisions are to be finalised later today.

The statement adds that discussions are ongoing with partners in the principal response agencies and it is working towards ensuring the facilitation of a great summer outdoors in Galway city.

Councillor Keane argues that precedent has been set with the facilitation of silent discos on Dominick Street Upper in the past.

He told Keith Finnegan on Galway Talks that a lot of affected businesses have already invested in outdoor furniture and he’s confident a solution can be found.

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Funding allocated to cover just 28 of 237 local road improvement applications in Galway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Funding has been allocated for just 28 out of 237 local road improvement applications in county Galway.

That’s according to Galway East TD Sean Canney who says the Government must urgently increase LIS funding to deal with the scale of applications in the county.

It comes as the County Council has received 237 valid applications at a total estimated cost of €10.8 million.

However this year the Local Authority was only able to allocate roughly €900,000 which equates to approximately 28 minor road improvement schemes.

LIS provides funding for improvement works on small roads and laneways in rural areas which are not maintained by Local Authorities and provide access to people’s homes and farms or to amenities such as lakes, rivers or beaches.

Deputy Canney argues the funding for county Galway represents less than 10% of the amount needed.

He says the Government must intervene and address the shortfall.

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294 new cases of Covid-19 nationwide

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Health officials have confirmed 294 new cases of Covid-19 here.

39 patients are currently in hospital with the virus, down 14 in 24 hours.

It’s the lowest number of Covid patients in hospital since September 1st.

While 13 people are in ICU, unchanged on yesterday.

There are no local figures available due to continuing issues relating to the cyberattack on the HSE.

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Online survey launched on future development of Oranmore area

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An online survey has been launched to find out what improvements the public in Oranmore want to see in the village and the surrounding areas.

The document has been commissioned by the MÓR Action group which is looking for people of all ages to have their say on the future development of community spaces.

The local group says once all the responses are gathered they’ll be presented to the County Council and elected representatives.

MÓR Action has confirmed that the survey was developed because the County Council said it was finding it difficult to engage with the community due to the diverse range of groups and interests in Oranmore.

It comes as Oranmore was recently awarded €100,000 in Council funding for public realm enhancements in the village.

A link for the survey is available on MÓR Action’s social media accounts and it will remain open until July 16.

The group’s spokesperson Caroline Rowan says the survey gives locals the chance to have their say on how the public realm funding can be best used in the community.

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