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Drop in traffic through Galway port

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Just over 140 vessels were received by Galway port last year, representing a drop of 40 percent in the past five years.
New figures from the CSO reveal that Galway port handled over 450 thousand tonnes of goods in 2013.
In 2008, 252 vessels delivered 832 thousand tonnes of goods to Galway port.
Last year, 108 liquid bulk vessels and 36 dry bulk vessels were received.
Between them, they delivered 459 thousand tonnes of goods which were handled and forwarded from Galway.
The figures show the number of trading vessels, and passenger ferries, and do not include fishing vessels, tug boats or naval vessels.
During 2013, just under 12 thousand vessels arrived into Irish ports, most of which were goods ships.
However, ports saw an overall drop in goods traffic.
They handled 46.7 million tonnes of goods, a decrease of 1.9 percent.

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Major step forward for new primary school campus in Athenry

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Galway bay fm newsroom – There’s been a major step foward in plans for a new primary school campus in Athenry.

Education Minister Norma Foley has announced her department is to acquire the former Presentation School site in the town.

She’s also confirmed that agreement has been reached with the Archdiocese of Tuam to transfer the Scoil Chroí Naofa site into their ownership.

This will allow for the redevelopment of both sites into a new campus that will amalgamate Scoil Chroí Naofa and Athenry Boys National School.

Galway East Deputy Ciaran Cannon says this is a landmark moment for education in Athenry.

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Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the Mother and Baby home redress scheme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Tourism Minister believes Roderic O’Gorman has correctly negotiated the mother and baby home redress scheme.

Catherine Martin’s comments follow harsh criticism from the opposition on the scheme.

40 percent of survivors have been excluded from the scheme, as they spent less than six months in mother and baby homes.

Minister Martin says survivors not being interrogated when receiving redress is important:

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Leo Varadkar tells Dáil he “remains a supporter” of Galway City Ring Road

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that he remains a supporter of the Galway City Ring Road.

It’s as An Bord Pleanala is to reconsider an application for the Galway Ring Road, after permission was quashed on environmental grounds.

The Taoiseach was asked by Deputy Ciaran Cannon about delays to double-tracking train services between Athenry and Oranmore.

Deputy Cannon said he understood a long-awaited feasibility study has somehow now been attached to an all-island rail review.

Leo Varadkar said that’s not something he agrees with.

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