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Galway rail services could face the chop due to lack of funding for Irish Rail

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Galway Bay fm newsroom – Rail services to and from Galway could be axed if Irish Rail doesn’t receive a major cash injection.
According to today’s Irish Independent, the Government has been told that intercity services to Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Kerry, Waterford and Wexford face closure unless there is massive investment.
The worst-case scenario, which would involve the closure of rail services to Galway and places such as Westport and Athlone has been outlined by Irish Rail.
It says it needs a cash investment of 460 million euro to make up for a lack of funding over the past few years.
The report suggests that even if some funding is secured by Irish Rail, little-used services such as the Limerick to Galway route still face closure.
Documents released to the Irish Independent under a Freedom of Information request, show that accumulated losses at Irish Rail stand at 150 million euro.
The Department of Transport will consider funding for Irish Rail in the context of the new National Planning Framework which is due to be published in the coming weeks.

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Loughrea to benefit from major rural development grant

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Loughrea is to benefit from a LEADER grant from Galway Rural Development.

The grant, amounting to €167,800, will be put towards the Comworks Enterprise Hub.

The Hub will house a high quality workspace, meeting facilities and high-speed Internet to help over 70 entrepreneurs and remote workers.

The Loughrea Hub is another LEADER approved project in Galway, with over €1 million now provided in development grants.

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Public meeting to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss future of District Hospital

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – A Public meeting is to be held in Clifden this afternoon to discuss the HSE’s decision to withdraw respite services from the District Hospital.

Families were contacted by the HSE on Friday, informing them that respite services will not be available from next week.

Instead, they’re being told they will have to avail of services at Merlin Park Hospital in Galway City.

It’s understood the issue relates to lack of staff – Galway Bay FM News has contacted the HSE for clarification but as of this morning has not received a response.

HSE management are to meet with local representatives tomorrow where the future of Clifden District Hospital will be discussed.

Fine Gael Councillor Eileen Mannion said the meeting this afternoon will give people the opportunity to voice their concerns and to highlight the need for services to continue in Clifden.

Sinn Fein Deputy Mairead Farrell says the decision to move services from Clifden to Merlin is astonishing

Fianna Fail local councillor Gerry King told Galway Bay FM News that there is a fear that this could be the final straw for the hospital.

The meeting will be held in Clifden Town Hall this afternoon and will begin at 3pm.

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Garda enquiries ongoing following incidents overnight in Ballinasloe

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Galway Bay FM Newsroom – Garda enquiries have begun following two incidents in Ballinasloe in the early hours of this morning.

Gardaí and fire services responded to reports of a fire at a house just after 2am.

Damage was caused to the property but none of the occupants required hospital treatment.

Half an hour later, Gardaí and fire services attended another fire at another property in the town.

Enquiries are ongoing into both fires and anyone with any information are asked to contact Ballinasloe Gardai at (090) 9631890 or any Garda Station.

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