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Further remand for Carraroe man charged over brother’s murder

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Galway Bay Fm newsroom – A Carraroe man charged with the murder of his brother has been further remanded in custody.
40 year old Declan O Cualain from Cuilean, An Cheathru Rua is charged with murdering 41 year old mature student Adrian Folan at Liscannor, Co. Clare on July 4th.
Mr Folan had been missing since the previous night and searches took place in Athlone and Galway until his body was recovered near the Cliffs of Moher in Co. Clare.
Declan O Cualain appeared before Harristown District Court yesterday (Fri Aug 8th) where he was further remanded in custody.
He will appear before the same court again on the 5th of September.

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2,950 cases of COVID-19 confirmed

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

The Department of Health has confirmed a further 2,950 cases of Covid 19.

There are 536 patients being treated in hospital with the virus, an increase of 33 on yesterday, 110 of whom are being treated in ICU.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr Tony Holohan said it is vital that if anyone experience symptoms of COVID-19, should isolate immediately and arrange a PCR test.

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Details of preferred route corridor for Athlone – Galway Greenway emerge

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

The preferred route corridor for the Athlone to Galway Greenway has been finalised by the Ballinasloe based project team.

Ahead of tomorrow’s planned formal announcement, Galway Bay FM news has learned that Red Route 5, which will pass through South and East Galway, has emerged as the preferred route.

As the final leg of a national Greenway connecting Dublin to Galway, a number of towns and villages will be featured on Route 5 including Ballinasloe, Portumna, Gort, Kinvara, Clarinbridge, Oranmore and Ballyloughane Beach, before reaching Galway city.

The decision follows an extensive public consultation process and a large number of meetings with landowners.

The five routes which were being considered varied from a straight line approach between Athlone and Galway City, to looping routes which take in large parts of the north east or south east of the county.

A local councillor has expressed her disappointment that the preferred red route 5 does not include the town of Athenry.

Councillor Shelley Herterich Quinn says the decision to choose a route which leaves out Athenry is a huge blow for the area.

Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon says the announcement of a preferred route is an exciting moment in the development of a national Greenway connecting Dublin to Galway,

He’s now urging Galway Co. Council to take steps to connect the towns of Athenry and Loughrea to Red Route 5.

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Galway City Council begins contingency measures ahead of Storm Barra

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From the Galway Bay FM newsroom:

Contingency plans are being finalised by Galway City Council’s weather response team in preparation for the arrival of Storm Barra tomorrow.

Met Eireann is warning of severe or damaging gusts of up to 130 Km/ hr with high waves, high tides, heavy rain and storm surges increasing the risk of coastal flooding.

The Inter-Agency Co-ordination group which includes Galway City Council, An Garda Síochána, Galway Fire and Rescue Service, Galway Civil Defence and the HSE – under Galway City Council’s Severe Weather Plan met this morning to discuss plans on how to avoid the worst effects of the storm.

The inter-agency group will also meet later this afternoon when it receives further instructions from the National Emergency Co-ordination Centre.

Arrangements for the deployment and collection of sandbags, potential road closures and car park closures will also be announced.

Chief Executive of Galway City Council Brendan McGrath says a rolling programme of contingency measures including road closures in the city will begin today.

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