Galway County Council gets 9 million euro for storm damage repairs
Galway Bay fm newsroom – The government has approved almost 9.5 million euro for flood and storm repair works in County Galway.
The funds will go towards the reinstatement of roads damaged by storms at the beginning of January.
Galway County Council has submitted a bill for repairs to the tune of 18 million euro.
Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan says that requests for funding for new coastal protection works will be dealt with seperately by the Office of Public Works.
Speaking to Galway Bay fm news, Deputy Kyne says assessments for these additional funds are ongoing.
Traffic disruption expected in Doughiska as three-day works get underway
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Traffic disruptions are to be expected in Doughiska and Roscom from this evening as three-day road surfacing works take place.
The works will get underway at 6pm between the Old Dublin Road and the Ros Caoin estate.
A one-way system will be in place, and motorists will only be able to drive southbound, with only emergencies allowed north of Ros Caoin junction.
The works are taking place today Tuesday, tomorrow Wednesday and Thursday between 6pm and midnight.
Galway had third-highest number of serious road injuries in past decade
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway has had the third-highest number of serious injuries from road accidents in the past decade.
Analysis by the Irish Times shows over 500 such incidents occurred in the county since 2013.
Nationally, road fatalities have averaged at 159 a year since 2013, while serious injuries rose by 180 percent in that time.
512 people suffered serious injuries following road accidents on Galway roads since 2013.
While 82 people have lost their lives in collisions in the county in that time.
Dublin has recorded the most serious injuries in the last decade at almost 3,000, while Cork came in a number two with nearly 1,200.
The figures indicate most serious injuries were suffered by men aged between 16 and 25 years.
It also found the most dangerous time to be traveling on Irish roads is in December, in particular between 4-8PM
Local TD urges Taoiseach to intervene in retained firefighter crisis
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Local TD Claire Kerrane is urging the Taoiseach to intervene in the retained fire service crisis as industrial action is underway.
SIPTU says local authorities have failed to address the recruitment and retention crisis in the brigade.
From this morning, firefighters won’t be attending training drills or testing their life saving equipment like breathing apparatus.
Retained fire-fighters are paid a base allowance and are on call 24/7 for most of the year, but typically work another full-time job
Sinn Fein TD Claire Kerrane says the Government was made aware last year that the service was on the brink of collapse.