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Frustrated locals consider blocking off damaged roads in Athenry Oranmore district

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Residents in the Athenry Oranmore district are getting so frustrated with the condition of local roads that they’re considering blocking some routes off to traffic.
That’s according to area councillor Jim Cuddy, who says despite the fact that the distict’s road network is the most heavily used in the county, it’s constantly left short of funding.

The matter was raised at Athenry Oranmore district level by Councillor Frank Kearney, who asked about the availability of a velocity patcher.
The patcher is a piece of a machinery which is used to provide quick repairs on potholed roads.
Councillor Kearney says local representatives are hounded, day in day out, by their constituents over the state of the county’s roads.
Cllr Gabe Cronnelly agreed, and said NCTs should be carried out on the routes themselves as opposed to the cars using them.
In an added twist, Councillor James Charity missed the discussion as he was delayed after getting two burst tyres due to potholes on his way to County Hall from the county.
The Council Executive says the Department of Transport is acutely aware of the shortage of funding experienced by the County Council, and it’s working on an ongoing basis to secure as much funding as possible.

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Connacht Senior Football Final: Galway V Mayo, Croke Park 1.30pm

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There are no changes on either team ahead of today’s game with both sides lining out as selected.

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NUIG researchers and major pharma company embark on ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – NUI Galway’s CÚRAM research centre and pharma company B. Braun are embarking on two ground-breaking projects in wound pain and healing.

The partnership will see the development of a novel drug delivery system for cannabinoids for more effective treatment of wound pain and improved wound healing, and the development of a device for the management of wound odour.

Chronic wounds affect up to 4% of people over 65 years, with venous leg ulcers being the most prevalent of these, accounting for approximately 70% of all ulcers of the lower limbs.

According to experts, among the many symptoms associated with chronic wounds, pain is cited as one of the worst and while multiple forms of pain relief exist, these do not provide relief for all patients.

Researchers from CÚRAM say the cannabinoid system plays a key role in pain modulation, regulates wound healing and represents a novel target for more effective dual management of both pain and wound healing.

Meanwhile, NUIG Professor Lokesh Joshi will be leading the device design of a modified dressing to remove or to minimize wound odour during wound healing.

CÚRAM investigator and project co-lead Professor Georgina Gethin says the collaboration will greatly improve the quality of life of wound pain sufferers.

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€1.2m for NUIG to lead EU project on third level innovation

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A team at NUI Galway has been awarded €1.2m in funding to lead a European project on building innovation in higher education.

Idea to Impact – or i2i – aims to train students and staff enhance the start-up ecosystem in a network of Universities and colleges.

The project will train more than 800 students and 300 staff across a range of European educational institutes over a two year period.

It gets underway this month – with the ultimate aim of developing a more entrepreneurial mindset in disciplines including heath, technology, climate, culture and creativity.

NUI Galway, working with partner institutions in Spain, Greece, Slovakia and Bulgaria, has been awarded €1.2m to lead the project.

The research team says it looks forward to demonstrating the potential of the west of Ireland as a leader in the Entrepreneurial domain – and working with like-minded partners to build innovation capacity and create a foundation for future funding in the field.

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