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Fresh hope for significant progress on N59 following high level meeting

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The N59 Action Group leaders, Seosamh Ó Cuaig and Josie Conneely have said they’re hopeful of advances on the main road through Connemara following a recent meeting.
The meeting took place with senior engineering personnel that are involved with the N59 upgrade project.

One of the most immediate advances reported after this meeting is that a considerable amount of money that was earmarked for Oughterard is now to be switched to a section of the N. 59 in Connemara.
€750,000 was allocated this year for road works at the eastern end of Oughterard village; €600,000 of that money will now be spent on a temporary overlay job on bad sections west of Maam Cross.
Josie Conneely and Seosamh Ó Cuaig welcomed this decision but they said it was high time to go for planning permission again for the total upgrade of the road from Maam Cross to Clifden.
They were told that this process would be re-activated but that more personnel were needed.
The N. 59 campaigners also got news that a contractor would be appointed by early next year to work on an upgrade for 6 kilometres east of Maam Cross and there was news that road subsidence near Cleggan Cross and Leenane would be repaired.

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UHG was third most overcrowded hospital nationwide during January

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – UHG was the third most overcrowded hospital in the country last month.

728 patients were waiting for a bed during January.

Meanwhile, 417 patients were waiting on trolleys at Portiuncula Hospital – the worst January on record for the Ballinasloe hospital.

11,289 people were recorded on hospital trolleys since January 1st

That’s up 2 and half thousand on the same time last year.

University Hospital Limerick continues to be the worst affected by over-crowding, accounting for 10 per cent of the overall figure, at 1,180.

Cork, Galway, Letterkenny, and St. Vincent’s in Dublin make up the top five – totalling of over 3,000.

That’s in stark contrast with the bottom five – Tullamore, Portlaoise, the National Children’s Hospital, Connolly Hospital, and Waterford – with a combined total of 213.

The INMO says, “a lack of adequate planning has put unnecessary stress on nurses and the patients”, describing January’s figures as “unacceptably high”.

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Athenry, Loughrea, Gort and Headford now priorities for transport studies

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Athenry, Loughrea, Headford and Gort are now priorities for upcoming transport studies.

Systra Ltd will carry out some of the studies, which must also align with each Local area plan.

The studies will look at modes of travel, options for new Active Travel measures and a traffic management plan.

Councillor Andrew Reddington explains how this has come about and outlines how it will work in Headford, for example

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Galway slightly above national average for home vacancy rate

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has a home vacancy rate just above the national average of 4 percent.

Across the county, 6 percent of homes are vacant, according to Gerdirectory’s Residential Buildings Report.

At the end of 2022, Leitrim had the highest number of vacancies, at 12 percent, followed closely by Mayo on 11 percent.

While Dublin has the lowest, with just one percent of homes there vacant.

Nationally, over 83,500 residential properties were vacant last month, with the report finding the West was worst affected.

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