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Fianna Fáil leader admits Galway traffic is hindering growth

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin admits Galway’s traffic problems are the hindering the growth of the city.
Deputy Martin is in Salthill this afternoon to address Galway Chamber’s Spring Lunch.
The meeting is focusing on Galway’s growth, and how it can become the best place for business, investment and people.
The networking event is underway at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill.
Michael Martin says he’s experienced Galway’s traffic issues first hand on a number of occasions.
He says there’s no doubt the congestion is affecting the city’s growth – and the proposed city bypass should be the number one priority.
Speaking during his visit to Galway, Micheál Martin said previous governments had a cavalier attitude to the west of Ireland.
Last evening, the government refuted claims that the Taoiseach blocked EU funding for Galway Airport and the Western Rail Corridor.
It’s after new documents revealed an application for EU funding for transport projects in the west and northwest was dropped during his tenure as Transport Minister.
Michael Martin said the government in which Leo Varadkar was Transport Minister was very ‘Dublin-centric.’

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Galway Simon raises serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Galway Simon Community has raised serious concerns for people living in emergency accommodation over Christmas.

The charity has warned the Christmas period can be very emotional and difficult for people experiencing homelessness.

According to the latest Government figures, there were 368 people, including 50 families and 116 children, living in emergency accommodation in the west during October.

These figures represent an decrease of 14 people, including three families on the previous month.

CEO of Galway Simon, Karen Golden, has welcomed this decrease but says the numbers presenting as homeless in the region are still far too high.

The charity has confirmed it’s seen an increase in demand across its services compared to the same period last year – largely due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CEO Karen Golden says the charity’s volunteers have been working extremely hard throughout the pandemic to support those in need.

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210 drink driving offences recorded across county so far this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 210 drink driving offences have been recorded across the county so far this year.

A meeting of the county joint policing committee heard a 5 percent rise has been noted in the volume of intoxicated driving cases over the first 10 months of the year.

Speeding offences were also slightly up in the period with 5818 recorded from January to October.

The Garda statistics show many other categories of road traffic incidents decreased in the period.

There were 12 road incidents involving serious injury – a drop of 61 percent when compared to the same period last year.

There were two fatal road incidents in the period, a decline of 60 percent – However the Garda Chief noted an additional road death which took place earlier this week in Abbeyknockmoy.

There was a 9 percent reduction in those driving without insurance with 274 incidents recorded in the period.

Garda Chief Superintendent Tom Curley told the meeting that despite the closure of pubs due to COVID-19 restrictions, people continue to consume alcohol in the home with some still choosing to drive while under the influence.

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63 COVID-19 cases notified in Galway over last four days

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – 63 COVID-19 cases have been notified in the Galway area over the last four days.

After a period of relatively low numbers, the city and county has seen an upward trend in cases in recent days.

16 were notified by health officials last evening, 22 on Monday evening, 11 on Sunday and 14 on Saturday.

However Galway’s 14 day incidence rate still remains relatively low at 50 per 100 thousand in population.

Meanwhile, a public health expert says Ireland should re-consider implementing compulsory quarantine for people flying into the country.

DCU Professor of Health Systems, Anthony Staines, says nations that have managed to keep virus levels down have quarantined international travellers.

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