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Emergency meeting of Latin quarter businesses over planned Cross Street closure

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An emergency meeting of Latin Quarter and Shop Street businesses will take place in the city tomorrow.
The meeting has been called to address the planned closure of Cross Street in the city for over a month while Irish Water upgrade the area’s sewer system.
The 2 million euro project includes the relining of existing sewer culverts on the street in order to reduce flooding, improve operational performance and reduce odours.
The works will occur in the same time frame as the trial scoping works planned for Shop Street, which would see the removal of the existing pavement, drainage upgrades and temporary surfacing.
Local businesses are worried at the lack of information about the works and how it will affect traffic, access and post Christmas footfall.
Concerned businesses and stakeholders are meeting with Regional spokesperson for Irish Water Sean Corrigan and a representative of Galway Roads Department tomorrow morning at 9.30 in the Galway Chamber of Commerce.
Mayor McNelis says he hopes tomorrow’s meeting will address the worries of local businesses.

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Emergency services attend multi-car crash on M6

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Emergency services are attending the scene of a multi-car collision on the M6.

The incident involving three cars took place on the M6 westbound, between the Rathmorrisey and Oranmore exits.

Long tailbacks are reported with traffic reduced to one lane.

Gardaí are at the scene and say nobody has been seriously injured in the collision.

Motorists are advised to expect some delays.

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Homes in the West of Ireland at increased risk from radon

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Large parts of the country – and in particular homes in the West – have been found to be at increased risk from radon.

New radon maps, launched by the Environmental Protection Agency, show an increased risk from radon in Ireland, with 170,000 homes now predicted to be at risk of radon exposure above the national reference level.

This is an increase of 45,000 homes, from the previous estimate in 2002.

The gas is naturally occurring, particularly in rock in western counties, and is linked to 350 new lung cancer cases in Ireland each year.

Senior scientist with the EPA, David Fenton, says it’s a significant public health risk and people need to act.

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Mairead Farrell says Government “tone deaf” over rental crisis

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway West TD Mairead Farrell says the Government is “tone deaf” over the ongoing crisis in the rental sector.

She told the Dáil there’s an endless stream of people attending her office at Bohermore to seek help for their housing situation.

She once again highlighted the huge number of properties available on short-term platforms like AirBnB – but a total lack of properties on rental platforms like Daft.

Sinn Fein Deputy Farrell argues the Government is effectively doing nothing to make a real impact on the situation.

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