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Fianna Fáil leader says city bypass is now a national concern

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin says the proposed Galway city bypass is now a national concern.
Deputy Martin made the comments at Galway Chamber’s Spring Lunch in Salthill this afternoon.
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.
Addressing the Galway Chamber gathering at the Galway Bay Hotel, Deputy Martin said Galway’s plans for growth are only achievable if it can overcome its traffic problems.
He says the bypass is no longer just a local concern, but a national economic issue.
The Fianna Fáil leader says the absence of such infrastructure is limiting the growth of nationally important businesses and sets a limit on the further clustering of key industries in this region.

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Gardai investigating vandalism to road signs in Claran and Headford

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardai are investigating significant damage caused to road signs in the Claran and Headford areas over the weekend.

That’s according to Councillor Andrew Reddington, who says the damage was clearly caused by the front loader of a tractor.

He claims road signs in a number of locations have been damaged, buckled and even completely uprooted in some cases.

Fine Gael Councillor Reddington has an appeal to the parents of young people who are driving around late at night with tractors..

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Portiuncula Hospital records first confirmed case of COVID-19 in two weeks

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital Ballinasloe has recorded its first confirmed case of COVID-19 in two weeks.

According to the latest HSE figures, there’s just one coronavirus patient being treated at the east Galway facility this lunchtime.

A further four COVID-19 patients are attending UHG today, while there are an additional five hospital patients awaiting coronavirus test results at the city’s main hospital.

Nationwide there are 292 confirmed cases of the virus in Irish hospitals.

Meanwhile, 31 patients are attending ICU while 20 of these patients are being treated on ventilators.

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Consortium involving GMIT to apply for Technological University status before year end

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – An application for technological university status is expected from GMIT, Sligo and Letterkenny, by the end of the year.

Last month, €5.7 million was allocated to the Connacht Ulster Alliance consortium in a bid to assist with the application for the designation.

It comes as the Higher Education Minister Simon Harris has announced Athlone and Limerick institutes of technology are applying for TU status today.

Minister of State for Further Education Niall Collins says it’ll provide many educational opportunities for students in the region.

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