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Galway Gardaí warn motorists over clamp down on drink driving ahead of bank holiday

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Gardaí say there will be an increased number of mandatory alcohol checkpoints both morning and night this bank holiday weekend.

105 people were arrested in the western garda division last month – with 45 of this number arrested in the Galway region.

Gardaí are advising that its members will also be out in force to tackle high-risk behaviours such as the non-use of seatbelts

Nationally, Galway has the fourth highest number of offences for failing to wear a safety belt, behind Dublin, Cork and Wexford.

An analysis of road fatality statistics shows that nationally almost 1 in 5 vehicle occupants killed last year were not wearing their seatbelt at the time of the collision.

Huge crowds are expected to travel to venues across the city and county this weekend to celebrate St. Patrick’s day.

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Transport Minister confirms Athenry to Oranmore rail study to begin shortly

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Galway East TD Ciaran Cannon has received confirmation from Minister Eamon Ryan that the contract to carry-out a feasibility study on the rail line will be awarded in February, with the findings expected to be published by September.

Minister Ryan has previously confirmed that the planned double tacking of the line from Athenry to Galway is a priority for his department, while has also said the upcoming study is likely to identify a significant package of works to improve the section from Athenry to Oranmore.

It comes as the population of both Athenry and Oranmore has roughly doubled over the past twenty years, while an estimated 1,500 people commute from the region to Galway city everyday.

Deputy Cannon argues a frequent and reliable train service is needed to encourage people to use public transport and take cars off the road.

He says he fully expects the upcoming study will recommend a significant investment in rail line – to hear more, tune in to FYI Galway@5…

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Galway Simon warns of serious challenges this year

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway Simon Community is expressing concern over the challenges that lie ahead for the charity this year.

It says it has “deep concern” over what will happen when the moratorium on evictions is lifted and the true economic impact of Covid-19 unfolds.

It adds that while a decrease in those living in emergency accommodation last year is welcome, there’s been no decrease in numbers seeking help from the charity.

Galway Simon supported 614 households across the west during 2020, including 681 adults and 416 children.

CEO Karen Golden says many challenges lie ahead this year…

To hear more, tune into Galway Bay fm news….

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Portiuncula Hospital has country’s third highest number of patients waiting for beds

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Portiuncula Hospital in Ballinasloe has the third highest number of patients waiting for a bed today.

That’s according to figures from the INMO, which show there are currently 23 people at the hospital on trolleys or in wards.

University Hospital Limerick has the highest figure at 30, followed by Cork University Hospital at 24.

Meanwhile, there are currently 8 people on trolleys at University Hospital Galway today.

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