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Dunmore town enhancement works now underway

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Work is now underway on the extensive enhancement works for Dunmore town.
Gibbons Building & Civil Engineering Limited has been awarded the contract for the work on the N83 Main Street through Dunmore, from the church carpark to the Barrack Street/Castle Street junction.
The enhancement work, which will take up to 8 weeks, will also include the town square in Dunmore.
Utility services will also be placed underground, new LED lighting will be installed, there will be new paving on the footpaths at the Square and a new electric car-charging point.
The work will be underway from 8a.m to 6pm daily and there will be disruption to parking at times along Main Street and at the Square.
The road will be open to two-way traffic each evening and some traffic disruption is expected.

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Mixed reaction to NUIG using a reflective essay as a sanction for breaking COVID rules

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – NUI Galway says a controversial ‘reflective essay’ for students who breach Covid-19 rules is just one of a range of sanctions in place at the university.

In a statement, it says the sanctions which can be imposed include fines, letters of apology to impacted staff, reflective essays, formal cautions, suspensions or expulsions.

There’s been a mixed reaction to the 2 thousand word ‘reflective essay’ measure, which some students are required to write after viewing a documentary on Covid-19.

Some believe it is childish and akin to writing lines, while others argue it is a valuable lesson that will press home the reality of the virus to students.

NUI Galway says it has a student community of almost 19 thousand, and the vast majority have adhered to public health guidelines during the pandemic.

Green Party Councillor Martina O’ O Connor believes while the ‘reflective essay’ might seem a childish punishment at first, it is a worthwhile exercise.

She argues it will help to ensure that students understand the full reality of Covid-19 – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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Report finds traffic in Galway city increased by 10% on first day of school reopening

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A report has found that traffic in Galway city increased by 10% on the first morning of the gradual reopening of schools this week.

The TII traffic counter on the N6 Bóthar na dTreabh recorded 3,162 car journeys between 7 am and 10 am on Monday March 1st.

According to the report, car journeys along Bóthar na dTreabh increased from 2,897 to 3,162 when compared to Monday of last week.

The data also reveals a 13% drop when compared to levels pre Level 3 restrictions last October however.

Countrywide, Level 5 restrictions were in place from 22nd October to 1st December and were reintroduced on 31st December 2020.

Nationally, there is a substantial week on week increase in traffic volumes as compared with Monday 22th February.

The study finds there remains a significant reduction in traffic volumes compared with volumes before the October Level 3 restrictions were put in place.

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Concerns over number of ‘interim’ senior roles at Galway County Council

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Concerns have been raised over the number of ‘acting’ or ‘interim’ positions in Galway County Council.

Tuam area councillor Pete Roche raised the issue at a recent municipal district meeting where he called for action to retain key staff.

It comes as Acting CEO of Galway County Council Kevin Kelly is due to be confirmed as the new CEO of Mayo County Council next week when the appointment will be ratified by councillors.

Councillor Roche argues acting staff at all levels are moving onto other roles and he described Galway County Council as a ‘drama society’ – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5

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