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Galway health service and transport infrastructure to benefit from government’s 2040 plan

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Government is this afternoon making a range of significant announcements for Galway under it’s 115 billion euro plan for future development in Ireland.
They include funding for a new elective hospital, new emergency department at UHG; funding for the Galway City Outer Bypass and for the N59 Moycullen bypass.
A special briefing is being held in Sligo this afternoon to outline the Government’s ‘Ireland 2040′ framework.
It sets out how Ireland should be developed over the next 20 years and how capital funding will be invested to cater for an expected population increase of one million.
One of the biggest announcements this afternoon is that Galway is to get a new elective hospital based at Merlin Park.
Also being unveiled is funding for a long-awaited new Emergency Department and Oncology Centre at University Hospital Galway as well as a new ambulance base at Merlin Park.
Galway City Centre will also benefit from a new 2 billion euro urban regeneration fund – as well as a €15 million investment to support it’s status as European City of Culture 2020.
Funding will also be outlined for the long-awaited Galway City Outer Bypass, as well as the Moycullen N59 Bypass.
Galway will also be part of a €200 million euro BusConnect Programme, which aims to deliver high-performing cross-city bus routes and park and ride services.
Other annoucements concerning Galway will include considerable investment at Rossaveal Harbour and Inis Oirr Pier.
Galway’s towns and villages are also to benefit from a €1 billion rural regeneration and development fund.
Another strong feature of the plan is the completion of the Atlantic Corridor – which will link Letterkenny to Waterford via motorway and incorporate Galway, Sligo, Limerick and Cork.
The briefing is ongoing, and we’ll have more on the latest announcements for Galway on FYI Galway from 5.

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Council calls for ending of outdoor seating fees at pubs not serving food

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Galway County Council is to contact the Department of Local Government and Heritage over outdoor seating fees being levied on pubs not serving food.

This week’s meeting of the local authority heard it’s an archaic and discriminatory system.

It’s a case of the pub with no food paying the price – a pub that serves food and drink does not face a payment for having tables and chairs outdoors.

However, a neighbouring pub that does not serve food is charged a seasonal fee of €125 euro.

Councillor Tim Broderick termed the fee on the drink only publicans an anomalous and archaic system at this week’s County Council meeting.

Councilor Broderick claimed that the very spirit of charging the pubs with no food a fee was discriminatory and needed to be changed.

Councillor Joe Sheridan expressed similar sentiments and called for support for the removal of the charge on pubs that do not serve food.

The outdoor system became popular because of the covid crisis. The regulations are in force on a national level.

Councillor Thomas Welby supported by Donagh Killilea proposed that a letter would go to the appropriate Government Department asking for an end to the fees for non-food serving pubs.

That motion was carried unanimously.

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Galway TD questions “what Europe is becoming” as war continues in Ukraine

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway TD says questions must be asked of what Europe is becoming as war continues in Ukraine.

Deputy Catherine Connolly says from day one, she’s condemned Russia’s “abhorrent” invasion and supported sanctions.

But she says we’re at a point where we seriously have to question who the sanctions are really hurting the most.

Citing the latest developments in NATO as well as the widespread mistreatment of migrants, Deputy Connolly aruged we’re increasingly heading towards a “Fortress Europe”.

And she said it’s extremely concerning that those who question the current approach are demonised.

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Meeting to discuss future of Clifden District Hospital

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A meeting on the future of Clifden District Hospital will take place in the town tomorrow.

Local Councillor Eileen Mannion says there are growing concerns that the hospital is being downgraded by “stealth” and services could be at risk.

It comes as plans are being progressed to construct a new building – that would merge Clifden District Hospital and St. Annes Community Nursing Home.

Fine Gael Councillor Mannion says until the new unit is build there should be no reduction in capacity or services.

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