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.
Gardaí renew public appeal following city assaults
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Gardaí have renewed a public appeal for information following recent assaults in the city.
The first incident took place last Bank Holiday Monday on June 7th between 3.45am and 4.05am, when two men were assaulted at Bridget’s Place in Woodquay as they were walking home from Eyre Square.
The men received serious facial injuries in the altercation.
Witnesses observed two males with Dublin accents at the time of the incident.
Anyone with information or with dash cam footage is urged to contact Galway Gardaí on 091 538000.
Public assistance is also requested following the assault of a man at Williamsgate Street on Sunday morning at 12.30.
The assailant fled the scene towards Cross Street.
New institute for teacher education to be established in the West
Galway Bay fm newsroom – A new institute for teacher education is to be established in the West.
NUI Galway, GMIT and St Angela’s College Sligo have announced the foundation of the Western Institute for Studies in Education.
The WISE institute will support collaboration among the three institutions to enhance and promote teacher education in the region.
It’s in a bid to develop courses, research and public engagement in the sector.
The collaboration comes following a major review of the structure of teacher education in Ireland from 2018.
Head of the School of Education at NUIG Professor Gerry Mac Ruairc says the new institute will also focus on improving access to education for marginalised groups….
TII urged to carry-out safety audit on stretch of N84
Galway Bay fm newsroom – Tuam area councillors are calling on Transport Infrastructure Ireland to carry-out a safety audit on a key section of the N84 Headford Road.
Fianna Fail Councillor Mary Hoade put forward a motion at this week’s district meeting for the transport body to carry-out the safety assessment on the route from Ballindooley to Cloughanover.
The motion, which also called for verges to be cut back at the Balroebuck junction, was carried unanimously.
It comes as there have been several road traffic incidents along the busy routes recently, including two at the Grange junction in the past week.
Councillor Hoade argues the Grange junction is an area of particular concern to road users and local residents.
Director of Services for the Tuam MD Derek Pender told members he will have an answer from TII for the next district meeting, adding that the roads body has always been very generous in supplying funding.
Councillor Hoade argues that stacking lanes and turning lanes are needed at junctions exiting onto the N84.