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Galway Junior Minister says Athenry-Ennis rail route may not be viable

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – A Galway East T.D and Junior Minister says the Ennis to Athenry rail route may not be viable into the future when the M17 Gort to Tuam motorway opens.
Minister Ciaran Cannon says a decision on closing the rail route can’t be made until a full review is complete.
Irish Rail is warning potential pay rises could force it into bankruptcy and routes such as Ennis to Athenry could be closed.
Unions want an extra 3.75 per cent but the transport company has told the Labour Court it’s in a ‘perilous financial situation’ and may need to cut four routes to stay afloat.
Routes in the firing line include Limerick to Ballybrophy and Limerick Junction to Waterford aswell as Gorey to Rosslare.
According to Irish Rail, shutting the Ennis to Athenry route would raise 2.8 million euro.
Corporate Communications Manager with Irish Rail, Barry Kenny,Barry Kenny says the company’s concerns need to be taken seriously.
Galway East Minister of State, Ciaran Cannon says, a greenway might be a better opportunity for the Ennis to Athenry rail line.

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Community vows to protest over relocation of Loughrea Day Centre

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – The community in Loughrea are vowing to protest over the relocation of the Day Centre, according to a local councillor.

A protest was held in June over its closure, and the service has since reopened for one day in the existing centre at St Brendans, with three days available at the Loughrea Hotel.

In 2019 a HIQA report found that the St Brendan’s centre was ‘substantially compliant’, but there were issues raised with the dining facility and the centre was closed to facilitate permanent residents.

However, Councillor Geraldine Donohue has said that an architect was to come in to deal with the issue, but she has not yet seen that happen.

Councillor Donohue says locals have lots of questions.

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Four Galway graduates chosen for ESB’s award-winning programme

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Four Galway graduates have been chosen for ESB’s award-winning Development Programme.

Frank Flannery based on College Road, Clifden’s Oisin O’Malley and city-based Abhisek Krishnan and Jason Kenneth Dsouza are among the 45 participants nationwide.

The programme forms part of ESB’s drive to recruit talent to support the delivery of its Net Zero by 2040 strategy.

This year’s graduates will be placed across five business units – ESB Networks, Generation and Trading, Engineering and Major Projects, Customer Solutions and Enterprise Services.

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Cancer Care West considers extension to meet increase in demand

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Cancer Care West is considering further expansion in Galway to meet the increasing demand on its services.

The charity, which has services in University Hospital Galway, provides support to anyone whose life has been affected by a cancer diagnosis.

Cancer Care West’s 33-bedroom residential facility, Inis Aoibhinn, ran to capacity last year, with nearly 7,000 bed nights provided to patients undergoing radiotherapy.

CEO Richard Flaherty spoke of what is in store for their Galway services:

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